Another Day, Another Bunch Of Weird And Gross Old Posts From People Running For Election

    A Liberal candidate was disendorsed over his anti-Muslim comments, another resigned over anti-gay remarks, and a Labor candidate apologised over rape jokes.

    Here's everything you need to know:

    - The Liberals' Isaacs candidate Jeremy Hearn was disendorsed over his anti-Muslim comments

    - The Liberals' Wills candidate Peter Killin resigned over his homophobic comments about member Tim Wilson

    - Liberal member Andrew Hastie is facing questions over whether he met with far-right activist Neil Erikson in Perth last year

    - Labor candidate Luke Creasey apologised for sharing rape jokes online

    - Labor had to issue a clarification after leader Bill Shorten said he had never met NT Senate candidate Wayne Kurnorth, who recently resigned, before footage of them together emerged

    Hello there! Welcome to another day on the campaign trail. Before we start and with absolutely no context — here are Alan Jones and Peta Credlin "dancing" to samba music.

    Sky News

    Here's the full video of the pair dancing. Enjoy. Or don't.

    Alan and Peta show off their samba moves for the Dirranbandi locals with some jewelled and feathered dancers. MORE: https://t.co/XfKwvG9XRz

    Anyway, on to the proper news — Labor leader Bill Shorten has today declared the Liberal party is "riddled with right-wing extremists".

    #BillShorten: “the Liberal Party of Australia is riddled with right-wing extremists.” #AusVotes2019

    He was speaking in relation to the news the Liberals' Isaacs candidate Jeremy Hearn was disendorsed over his anti-Muslim comments.

    .@AlanTudgeMP on Liberal candidate for Isaacs Jeremy Hearn: He’ll be disendorsed this morning – his views have no place within the Liberal Party and consequently the Victorian division is taking action this morning. MORE: https://t.co/UKpkLgCk3t #amagenda

    The Herald Sun broke the story on Hearn's previous online comments, which included saying Muslims wanted to “replace the Australian government and legal system with sharia" and were lying about their true intentions.

    Exclusive: A Liberal candidate has apologised for saying Muslims are people of “bad character” who should be banned from gaining Australian citizenship. He said Muslims subscribed to an ideology of “killing or enslavement of the citizens of Australia" https://t.co/h33QIwrYj5

    Hearn issued an apology last night, saying his comments were "entirely wrong".

    But that wasn't enough and on Sky News this morning, Liberal Alan Tudge said: "His views have no place in the Liberal party and consequently the Victoria division is taking action this morning."

    Shorten was also referencing the questions Liberal member for Canning Andrew Hastie is facing over whether he met with far-right activist Neil Erikson at a rally in Perth last year.

    Mick Tsikas / AAPIMAGE

    His colleague Ian Goodenough told The Guardian that he and Hastie had a "brief meeting" with Erikson at a Perth rally in support of white South African farmers.

    However, Hastie released a statement contradicting this, declaring: "In Perth last year, I attended a rally — along with thousands of other West Australians — in support of South African farmers fleeing from the threat of violence.

    "I have never sought to nor agreed to meet with Mr Erikson. I’m confident that I did not encounter him on the day. I find his views abhorrent and his views should not be given a platform."

    Hastie described claims of the meeting made by Erikson online last month as "false and defamatory" and thanked Google for reportedly removing the video, the Herald Sun reported. He earlier refused to answer a question on the claims at a press conference yesterday, calling them "defamatory".

    Goodenough later sought to clarify his earlier remarks by claiming it was a brief encounter in a crowd, that Erikson had been "dressed like a rapper", and that Goodenough did not know who he was at the time.

    Scott Morrison replied to Shorten's remarks by saying: "That's absolute nonsense. The thing I notice about Bill, as he keeps dropping his notes on this campaign, is the more desperate he gets, the more outrageous the claims. The only thing that people want to hear from him at the moment, Bill, is tell us the price, Bill. Tell us the price."

    Mick Tsikas / AAPIMAGE

    Then on Wednesday afternoon the Liberal candidate for Wills, Peter Killin, resigned over his homophobic remarks about fellow Liberal Tim Wilson.

    #BREAKING A Victorian Liberal candidate who believes “the homosexual lifestyle” is “distressingly dangerous” and carries “appalling health risks” has resigned. https://t.co/LVwPmErxRh

    The Herald Sun reported Killin said in online posts last year that Liberal Christians needed to "infiltrate" and change the party from within.

    Talking about Wilson's pre-selection for the 2016 election, which was won by just two votes, Killin said he regretted not taking part.

    "So, if you and I were there to participate in preselection the result = no homosexual MP."

    The Herald Sun also reported that he made a submission to the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and endorsed a blog post by Presbyterian pastor Campbell Markham from 2011, which described the "homosexual lifestyle" as "distressingly dangerous" and "having appalling health risks".

    Labor candidate Luke Creasey in Melbourne has apologised after The Australian reported he had shared rape jokes on Facebook.

    A few yrs ago, while I was representing Melb’s values in Parl’t, my Labor opponent was posting rape jokes. This is deeply concerning. Violence against women is unacceptable under any circumstances. He must reconsider whether he remains the ALP candidate. https://t.co/mvVnmqWwPG

    In a statement on Wednesday afternoon he said: "It’s been brought to my attention that some posts I shared on social media several years ago when I was in my early 20s have been circulated.

    “What I said was stupid, immature and in no way reflects the views I hold today. I apologise for these posts which have been removed.

    "My focus remains on making sure we elect a Shorten Labor Government and restore funding to our schools and hospitals."

    And the party had to issue a clarification after Shorten claimed never to have met NT Senate candidate Wayne Kurnorth, who recently resigned over sharing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, before footage of them meeting emerged.

    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says he never met dumped NT Labor Senate candidate Wayne Kurnoth. The @abcnews archives show otherwise #ausvotes

    One Nation is making headlines again for all the wrong reasons, with the Cairns Post reporting on a series of lewd photos and comments on Facebook made by Leichhardt candidate Ross Macdonald.

    One Nation’s candidate for Leichhardt is in the firing line over sexist social media posts depicting him groping breasts in Thailand, posing with a topless woman and captioning a woman’s cleavage with the words “mmm YUMMY!!!”. #auspol #ausvotes #OneNation https://t.co/Lt8XkmYFxr

    There was a lot going on.

    Reading about what's going on in Australian politics

    One Nation leader Pauline Hanson last night spoke to A Current Affair, the program that aired the footage of former candidate Steve Dickson in a US strip club. "I cop all this shit all the time and I’m sick of it," she said.

    One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has admitted she has been “absolutely devastated” by the recent scandals. #9ACA https://t.co/TbGXBHVUF3

    “I just feel I keep getting kicked in the guts, time and time again. And it all happens right before an election," she said.

    Hanson said she had been let down dreadfully by former members of her party.

    She said she was continuing with her career in politics because she believed in making a change for people.

    Nine

    Elsewhere, Liberal candidate Warren Mundine had a bit of trouble with his bus.

    Compare the pair - Warren Mundine bus version 1 pledging to increase the age pension, version 2 goes for building our economy. PM says version 1 is accurate because of indexation. The bus might need an asterisk.

    Liberal candidate Gladys Liu had a bit of trouble remembering her job.

    Gaffe-prone Chisholm Liberal candidate Gladys Liu has blamed "nerves" for claiming at two public events a fortnight apart that she is an AFL multicultural ambassador. She resigned from the voluntary role last year. #ausvotes https://t.co/YHXsyB4hgH

    Liberal candidate Sachin Joshi previously had this to say on the gender pay gap.

    New: Women lack the ‘business skills’ to get a pay rise: Liberal candidate says https://t.co/EKzqlvQSRi via @smh #auspol

    And Clive Palmer's United Australia Party is apparently on track to win government.

    Full page ad in the Oz. “Men and Women of Australia. The United Australia Party is on track to win government at the next federal election. Australians should not read or believe fake news.” #AusVotes19 #auspol #ausvotes

    Deputy prime minister and Nationals leader Michael McCormack reckons he doesn't get as much as much cut-through as his predecessors because he doesn't say "silly stuff". This is also what he thinks:

    Michael McCormack: "One of the biggest problems we've got in this election is the fact that we've got a lot of young people voting for the first time - and this sounds dreadful - who have probably never known how good they've got it." #auspol #ausvotes

    Well done everyone for making it through the day, but especially well done Angus.

    A mistake anyone can make on a hectic campaign trail: Congratulating yourself from the wrong account. #humevotes #ausvotes2019

    If you still want more, Shorten is on 7.30 tonight with Leigh Sales.

    Must watch @abc730 tonight - @leighsales interviews Bill Shorten #ausvotes #auspol #abc730

    Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

    Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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