Victorian MP Geoff Shaw has launched an attack against the Victorian Government, accusing Premier Denis Napthine of trying to “silence him”.
The independent balance-of-power politician said that Dr Napthine had a personal vendetta against him, according to a report by The Age.
Mr Shaw has long spoken out against the state’s abortion laws, and claims that the premier is trying to prevent him from sharing his views.
“[The Premier] wasn’t happy that I continually brought up the need to change Victoria’s abortion laws. He wasn’t happy that I called his government moral cowards because they wouldn’t change those laws…” Mr Shaw told The Age.
The Member for Frankston could be suspended from Victoria’s parliament by the end of today after being found of misusing his parliamentary car for personal purposes.
“I need time to digest this, but he [Dr Napthine] just keeps going until he gets the verdict he wants,” said Mr Shaw.
“He wants to silence me so no private member’s bill on abortion can be introduced by me.”
Dr Napthine has denied Mr Shaw’s claims that he holds a vendetta against him.
“This is genuinely dealing with wrongdoing by the member for Frankston,” said Dr Napthine, speaking to reporters on Tuesday.
Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews accused Dr Napthine of being weak and described the premier’s motion as “barely a slap on the wrist”, according to an AAP report.