'Unaware' Pauline Hanson squirms over One Nation candidate's sex shop

The One Nation candidate for a Townsville seat has confirmed he owns an adult shop that posted an inappropriate reference to domestic violence on social media.


Mark Thornton on Friday revealed he is the owner Cupid's Cabin, but not at first.

7 News reporter Ben Murphy made Mr Thornton squirm by asking him what he did for work.

“I got a flooring business,” Mr Thornton said at first.

Federal One Nation leader Pauling Hanson was caught unaware when candidate for the seat of Thuringowa was asked about his sex shop. Source: 7 News

But after being presses, the candidate for the seat of Thuringowa admitted he owns a sex shop with his wife.

He said his wife runs their shop’s Facebook page, which posted the message: "Good sex should be in the gray (sic) area between 'tickle fight' and domestic violence".

“I haven’t seen that, but that probably comes back to your 50 Shades of Grey type that’s out there,” Mr Thorton said.

A post on the Cupid's Cabin page. Source: Facebook

Upon further questioning about other posts, federal party leader Pauline Hanson stepped in to say she was unaware of the Facebook message or that Mr Thornton owned the business, but she would not be making in "rash decisions".

“I’m not aware of this. Can you tell me what site it’s on, where it’s from?” Ms Hanson interjected.

The One Nation candidate confirmed he owned the Townsville sex shop. Source: Facebook

Clearly caught off guard, Ms Hanson said she would speak to Mr Thornton following the press conference and consult with state party leader Steve Dickson and other party officials.

“Until I have a further look at it you are not going to pressure me to make a decision here into what I’m gonna do about the candidate because it’s not going to happen,” Ms Hanson said.

Mr Thorton said he too would look into the posts, adding that “at the end of the day it is an industry, it is a retail business”.

One of the offending posts on the Facebook page. Source: Facebook/Cupid's Cabin

He said he was also not aware of a post from September 6 this year stating "I'm selling bra's inbox a pic of your t****** so I could see if I got your size" (sic).

"That could been from a staff member, I haven't actually seen the site for quite a while," he said.

"It's my business but I don't manage it.

"It's a retail shop."

With AAP

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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