Veteran broadcaster Ray Hadley has slammed new pedestrian traffic lights featuring same-sex couples.
The lights – which cost $5,500 to set up – have been installed at eight intersections in Braddon, Canberra, and depict both male and female same-sex couples.
During his 2GB radio show on Tuesday morning, Hadley ridiculed the traffic lights, saying that ‘everyone should get a go’ at being represented on a walking signal.
‘Why don’t the nudists get a go… why don’t we have nude caricatures,’ he said.
‘If we’re going to be PC (politically correct) we’ve got to include everyone.’
Hadley said people in wheelchairs should also be shown on the traffic lights.
‘As long as everyone gets a go – that’s all I’m worried about,’ he said.
The pedestrian traffic lights were introduced to mark the first anniversary since gay marriage was legalized in Australia.
City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the suburb of Braddon was the ‘epicenter… the expression of diversity in our city’.
‘We want to strengthen that so Civic itself can be a place where people can celebrate and protest,’ he told the ABC.
‘It gives further credence to the statement that we are a cool little capital.’
Similar pedestrian crossing lights have been installed around the world, including in Vienna and Brussels.