Moira Deeming: Vic Libs struggle – toot or boot


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The poor old Vic Libs are up and down like a toilet seat on the subject of Moira Deeming. In or out, up or down, toot or boot. Shantay, Moira stays, or sashay away. It’s all just too hard.

In March, the recently elected upper house MP attended an anti-transgender rally also attended by supportive neo-Nazis, who performed a Nazi salute.

Also recently elected Victorian Liberal leader John Pesutto quickly declared he wanted Moira Deeming expelled over her attendance at the rally. Pesutto became the first Liberal leader to join the Midsumma Pride March just a few weeks before, seemingly suggesting a fresh approach by the party to LGBTQIA+ issues.

However, a party room meeting failed to expel Moira Deeming, instead suspending her for nine months.

On Thursday, Deeming gave John Pesutto a 2 pm deadline to declare she was not a Nazi sympathiser, or she would “instruct lawyers to commence legal proceedings.”

Pesutto did not respond.

Peter Dutton

Meanwhile, Peter Dutton, leader of the spectacularly unsuccessful federal Libs, entered the fray, insisting to the Vic Libs, “I want this mess sorted out as quickly as possible.”

No one appeared to notice.

Then, on Saturday, Deeming apparently backtracked. She described reports she planned to sue the party as false.

“All I have ever wanted, since the leader’s failed attempt to have me expelled for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute, was to have my name cleared.

“I have never once considered suing the Liberal party and reports that I have, or had planned to do so, are false.”

Later the same day, Pesutto received a notice of a motion seeking Moira Deeming’s expulsion signed by five other MPs. The motion will go to the party room next Friday and many believe the numbers now exist to send Moira on her way.

Also: Liberal pollster: we’ll keep drinking the Kool-Aid.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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