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Hysteria among conservatives in Victoria, Australia

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That Moira Deeming  attended a rally that was gatecrashed by Nazis is surely no reflection on her but the Left says it was and the conservatives got frightened by that.  

That the rally was  against transgenders being accepted as fully women might have been a more substantial cause of complaint but she was surely entitled to her view about that.

Should you lose your job if you say that women’s spaces should be reserved for women?  Is that the new thoughtcrime? Those who say so would appear to be the real Nazis

Victorian Liberal Party leader John Pesutto’s bid to expel Moira Deeming from the parliamentary party room was meant to be his making. Instead it’s more likely than not to be his undoing.

After a marathon two-hour meeting on Monday, MPs unanimously decided to suspend Deeming from the party room for nine months and strip her of the upper house whip position after she attended an anti-transgender rally which, according to organisers, was gatecrashed by neo-Nazis who were photographed performing the Nazi salute last weekend.

Pesutto justified the backflip by saying he had received “new materials” from Deeming at 6.30am on Monday that included concessions that he says he had been demanding since a meeting held on 18 March.

He said they included condemnation of some of the social media posts of women she attended the rally with. He did not release the materials, nor has Deeming, who released a statement on Monday evening conceding that attending the event “may have been an error of judgement” while also tweeting a denial that she condemned the women who organised or spoke at it.

“As I have stated, I unreservedly condemn the poor taste Nazi jokes and Nazi analogies listed in the annex of evidence against me,” she said.

“I believe I am innocent of all imputations and accusations of any connection whatsoever with nazism in any shape or form and any bigotry whatsoever toward the LGBTQI+ community.”

Pesutto confirmed he called the meeting and spoke on the motion. With the exception of his leadership team, no other Liberal MPs spoke in favour of the motion.

Then came time for those to speak against it, which included Kim Wells, widely considered a moderate and a Pesutto ally, and upper house MPs Joe McCracken and Richard Riordan. Deeming was said to have moved people to tears as she made her case to stay in the party she loves.

Deeming and those three MPs argued that the case against her wasn’t strong enough to warrant an expulsion – they said she should not be found guilty by association. They argued the move to expel Deeming went against freedom of speech, thought and association – philosophies the Liberals hold dear.





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