Liberal NSW candidate dumped and another under fire

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The Liberal Party has been forced to dump one of its candidates less than two weeks out from the NSW election, with another under fire for climate change comments.

The Liberal candidate for the Central Coast seat of Wyong was disendorsed over offensive social media posts, which included homophobic, Islamophobic and anti-vaccination comments.

Some posts referred to homosexuality as “perversion”, another said “homosexuality activists and the Palestinian terrorists are aligned” and others perpetuated COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

Premier Dominic Perrottet confirmed on Tuesday that Matthew Squires had been given the flick.

“Those views have no place in our party,” Mr Perrottet said.

“He’s been disendorsed and I support that decision.”

Wyong is a safe Labor seat held by David Harris on a margin of 13 per cent.

The Liberal candidate for Swansea in the Hunter, Megan Anderson, is also in strife over comments at a community event.

During a discussion about offshore wind farms, she told a person beside her: “I don’t believe in climate change”.

Ms Anderson later said it was a “clumsy joke”, The Guardian reported.

Swansea is a safe Labor seat held by Yasmin Catley on a 13 per cent margin.

Labor has its own issues with the party’s candidate for the crucial seat of Parramatta in Sydney’s west under pressure over comments made during council elections.

Two Liberal volunteers – one from an Indian background and another from a Lebanese background – said Donna Davis made racially charged remarks.

They said Ms Davis approached them at a pre-polling booth saying: “Where are your women? Where are they? You lock them up”.

Ms Davis denied using those words but said she did remark on a lack of women at Liberal polling booths and “the Liberal Party’s broader issues with women”.

Opposition Leader Chris Minns said he stood by Ms Davis “absolutely” and took the candidate at her word.

“She’s someone who is committed to that community, she’s worked tirelessly as the lord mayor of Parramatta,” he said.

“It’s self evidently the fact that the Liberal Party have found it impossible to attract and retain women to run for seats right across NSW.”

Parramatta is held by retiring Liberal MP Geoff Lee on a 6.5 per cent margin.


Topics: NSW election
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