The Victorian Liberal Party this morning expelled renegade MP Moira Deeming who helped promote an anti-transgender rights rally on the steps of State Parliament that attracted neo-Nazis.
Sitting for more than two hours this morning, the party room voted to expel Deeming from the Parliamentary team.
It was confirmed yesterday that Deeming, an upper-house MP, had moved ahead with a defamation lawsuit against Liberal leader John Pesutto for allegedly claiming she had neo-Nazi sympathies, which the leader denies accusing her of.
Emerging from today’s meeting, Brighton MP James Newbury told media, “The party has agreed to move forward. We’re strongly moving forward behind John [Pesutto] and the team.”
The March 18 rally had attracted neo-Nazis who gave a group salute in front of the Parliament building. The incident triggered the Victorian government to announce it would be looking into a ban on Nazi salutes.
In an earlier party meeting several weeks ago, initial plans to jettison Deeming were abandoned and she was handed a nine-month suspension, but Pesutto had said at the time that her future conduct would be monitored.