The Warwick Daily News is actually taking credit for being the tipping point behind Watson's decision to exit the race; they acknowledge they questioned his involvement with the white nationalist movement. They disclosed that Watson is the editor of The Spearhead, a "Rights for Whites" newsletter that has been floating around the region's letterboxes. The Australian also disclosed that Watson had also posted comments supportive of white nationalism on the Whitelaw Towers blog.
Yahoo 7 News reports that another issue fueled Watson's withdrawal from the race. About five years ago, Watson had posted his opposition to homosexuality on the Web. He said that homosexuality and pedophilia were linked because there's been some research done, published by the Catholic Church, that suggests that 30 per cent of male pedophiles are homosexual. He also described homosexuals as social degenerates and accused them of destroying society's values. The Courier-Mail also disclosed information about some of Watson's other Web posts, reporting that Watson masqueraded as a neo-nazi to get information out of the enemy, and that he promised to give out information on fellow Labor Party members as part of his long battle against the "commies" in the Warwick branch.
Peter Watson remains faithful to his political vision, however. He told media outlets that he has never hidden his racial-based views about Australia, explaining that he had a traditional take on the Labor party and was an old-fashioned Labor supporter - going back to the White Australia policy days. He firmly stated that Australia should be a White country, and if elected, would use his office to promote white nationalism.
"I don't hide anything, I am proud of what I believe in...I regard myself as a white nationalist, not a supremacist, and that 40 years of multiculturalism has destroyed this country. My views were the same as the trade union movement in the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, particularly with the White Australia policy."
Labor state secretary Anthony Chisholm said the party had been unaware of the allegations before Watson was endorsed in the seat in December 2011. Nevertheless, he accepted Watson's resignation so that the issue would not distract from the important decisions confronting Queenslanders during this election campaign. He expects to select a replacement candidate as soon as possible.
Update February 22nd: Prime Minister Anna Bligh is reportedly furious that Watson had ever been endorsed by her party, and said his "neo-Nazism" and "homophobia" are not acceptable within its ranks.
Peter Watson, who joined the Australian Labor Party (ALP) at the age of 15, initially retained his post as secretary of its Warwick branch. However, he has now been expelled from the party itself, which requires him to give up the secretarial post. In response, Watson says he's glad to have the publicity and is now considering joining the Australia First Party.
While Peter Watson is to be commended for exposing himself under his own name in an electoral contest and not disavowing his political views upon exposure, his withdrawal from the race will unnecessarily validate and empower anti-racists and the elite who want to dilute the racial character of Australia. But he's young, and this will be a valuable learning experience for him.