Liberal Candidate Dumped Over Controversial Social Media Posts
Tasmanian Liberal candidate Jessica Whelan has been ditched by the party after a series of anti-Muslim social media posts under her name came to light.
A Liberal candidate for the Tasmanian seat of Lyons is being dumped over anti-Islamic posts to social media.
Jessica Whelan denied responsibility for one Islamophobic remark, referring the "doctored" Facebook post to federal police.
But after more screenshots emerged overnight, Liberal campaign spokesman Simon Birmingham confirmed Ms Whelan would be disendorsed on Friday.
"I expect based on the information that has come to light overnight, the additional information, that she'll not be continued to be Liberal candidate," he told Nine's Today Show on Friday.
"That will be a matter for the Tasmanian party to resolve swiftly this morning, but my understanding is they're taking steps to do so."
The Hobart Mercury has uncovered two new Facebook posts bearing the candidate's name and photograph.
One called for a national vote on banning Muslim immigration and the other argued Tasmania should not accept refugees from Syria and Iraq.
"Don't bloody send them to Tasmania. We don't want them," it said.
Ms Whelan was already under fire over another post that argued women who supported Islam should be mutilated and sold as slaves.
"Round them up Donald, cut their clitoris' off & sell them to Muslims in Muslim countries & cancel their passports. You'll make a mint," it stated.
A party spokesman said this particular post appeared to have been digitally manipulated.
"Ms Whelan strenuously denies making this comment. We will be referring it to the relevant authorities."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday said Whelan had referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police.
"I don't think it's hard to believe in this day and age that the images can be doctored," he told reporters in Tasmania.
Tasmanian Labor leader Rebecca White told the Mercury she was prepared to give sworn evidence that the comments were from Ms Whelan.