Tasmanian gay rights advocates have defended the Rainbow Flag following an attack from Liberal Senator, Eric Abetz.

Senator Abetz today complained about Commonwealth Government agencies flying Rainbow Flags, labelling them the flags of “a cause” and of “a hostile nation” (his reference was to the self-proclaimed micro-nation called the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands).

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,

“The Rainbow Flag represents the long struggle of sexual and gender minorities for respect and equality.”

“It should be flown from every official building in this country at least once a year as a reminder of how far Australia has come along the road to inclusion, and how far it has yet to go.”

Mr Croome said Tasmanian voters will be scratching their heads about Senator Abetz’ comments.

“Eric Abetz’ bizarre antagonism to Rainbow Flags will leave a lot of Tasmanian voters wondering whether he is there to represent our state or his own strange ideas.”

For several years Rainbow Flags have flown from Hobart Town Hall during the LGBTI Pride Festival.

Last year Hobart residents chalked a rainbow outside Senator Abetz’ office to protest his anti-LGBTI public comments.