Moira Deeming tweets support for anti-trans activists two hours before ‘condemning’ them
Victorian MP Moira Deeming has tweeted support for the organisers of an anti-trans rally that was crashed by neo-Nazis, only hours after she was suspended for attending the demonstration.
Deeming was handed a nine-month suspension from the Liberal parliamentary party on Monday afternoon following a lengthy and emotional party room meeting.
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She issued a statement about 7pm, saying she accepted the suspension and her rally attendance was an “error of judgement”.
But just hours after, the upper house MP sent a tweet to anti-trans activists Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull and Angie Jones saying she never condemned them.
In a now deleted tweet from a Twitter account that has also vanished, a user wrote that Deeming had agreed that Keen-Minshull and Jones had “consorted with Nazi’s and expressed bigoted views”.
In a reply to the tweet, Deeming wrote: “I never said those things anywhere.”
Keen-Minshull responded, saying she hoped Deeming was doing OK.
“Millions of Australians must have looked up who you are and what you stand for. You are a leader in waiting,” she wrote.
However, Liberal Leader John Pesutto had told journalists earlier on Monday that Deeming had condemned the two activists.
He said her latest tweets were concerning and appeared to contradict what she had told Liberal MPs.
“Moira is not off to a good start,” Pesutto told the ABC on Tuesday morning.
“The party room will be very seriously concerned if Moira doesn’t prove herself by faithfully observing what we agreed to.”
Pesutto said Deeming would not be able to re-enter the party room if she continued to be inconsistent with her concessions.
“It’s up to her to prove that she’s worthy of that,” he said.
Deeming initially faced expulsion from the parliamentary party in a move triggered by Pesutto, after she spoke at the anti-trans rights Let Women Speak event outside the Victorian parliament.
The March 18 event was crashed by neo-Nazis who were pictured repeatedly performing the Nazi salute.
Pesutto ultimately put forward a proposal to suspend rather than expel after Deeming condemned Nazism and bigotry against the LGBTQI community.
Deeming made those concessions in a signed memorandum to Pesutto at 6.30am on Monday before the 10am meeting.
In her statement on Monday night, Deeming said her rally attendance may have been an error of judgment.
“I accept the suspension given to me by my colleagues,” she said.
“I support John Pesutto and the leadership team and look forward to working with them into the future to win government in 2026.”
Deeming furiously denied having any ties to Nazism, saying: “I will continue to support the many diverse communities in Victoria.”
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