Liberal candidate quits over 'grossly inappropriate' Muslim immigration video
The Victorian Liberals have disendorsed a candidate after she appeared in a "grossly inappropriate" video calling for a ban on Muslim immigration.
Candidate for Yan Yean, Meralyn Klein, appears in the video for a competing fringe micro-party, the Australian Liberty Alliance, detailing a violent crime which allegedly happened to her about 10 years ago.
Ms Klein says in the video: "There are people in this country who are not coming here to get the best out of the country and give the best that they can. I'd like to see us look at immigration," before the clip ends with "#MUSLIMBAN" on screen.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the party asked for Ms Klein's resignation "within an hour" of finding out.
"Meralyn made a video with some of the material which was grossly inappropriate and which her resignation was sought," he told reporters on Thursday.
"It was for another political party - one I might add which we are putting last.
"There's a stark contrast here - when Liberal party candidates go off the rails, we deal with it appropriately."
In the video, Ms Klein says two teenage boys behind the violent crime "were not so happy with two blonde women running their own restaurant".
"Unfortunately, they were of a culture that didn't accept white Australian women," she says.
The video then cuts to "They were Muslim" on the screen.
Ms Klein denied being anti-Muslim and her comments were taken out of context.
"They cut it, they sliced it and they put it up as their own claiming it was an anti-Muslim video," she told ABC radio today.
"Nowhere in anything I said was anti-Muslim."
More to come.