Nats candidate praises government distrust

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A Nationals candidate for the federal election told worshippers at a Pentecostal church she was glad they didn't trust science and encouraged them not to trust a government she is now seeking to join.

Kimberly Hone, the Nationals-endorsed candidate for the NSW seat of Richmond, is seen on video last year telling churchgoers her ultimate goal is "to bring God's kingdom to the political arena ... and I want God's kingdom to penetrate the political mountain".

"I'm so glad that you don't trust your government any more," she says.

"I'm so glad that you are worried about the vaccination, that you no longer trust medical science, because you are asking questions about what happens after death."

She further encourages them to continue asking their "great questions".

"I'm having amazing conversations with people, even in the political arena, who have been working on government places for decades and all of a sudden they don't like the government," she says.

"They don't know what they're doing there ... this is a great place."

Ms Hone also tweeted in 2017 "One way to avoid domestic violence is to marry well", while in a now-deleted Facebook post from the same year she suggested "If you're not worried, you should be" regarding same-sex marriage being legalised.

Labor member for Richmond Justine Elliot called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to denounce and disendorse Ms Hone for "her offensive and repulsive views".

"She may have deleted her Facebook posts, but Kimberly Hone can't delete the fact that she is reckless and a risk to our community's health, safety and security," Ms Elliot said.

"Kimberly Hone has shared absolutely disgusting views, including that one way to avoid domestic violence is to 'marry well' ... she pushes hurtful, hateful views against marriage equality ... and continually spreads dangerous anti-vaccination propaganda.

"These are not the views of our community."

Richmond, which covers a range of northern-NSW including Byron Bay and Ballina, is held by Labor on a 4.1 per cent margin.

The Nationals have been contacted for comment.

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