Victorian Liberal candidate for the Victorian seat of Bendigo West Jack Lyons has quit over a series of “offensive” comments he posted on Facebook.
News Limited published some of Mr Lyons’ Facebook comments that included derogatory comments about women, people from Africa and China.
According to the report, Mr Lyons’ said that Bendigo needed was “needing an enema”, and described its historic Golden Dragon Museum as “ching chong gardens”.
On Facebook he posted that a good pick-up line was “Hey, does this rag smell like chloroform to you?”
In a statement, the Liberal Party’s Victorian director Damien Mantach said the comments were made in a closed Facebook group and were meant as a joke.
“Jack Lyons has tonight withdrawn his candidacy as the Liberal Party candidate for Bendigo West,” Mr Mantach said.
“The majority of the comments were written as jokes and posted in a closed Facebook page some years before he became a member of the Liberal Party.
“However, Mr Lyons acknowledges the comments are juvenile and offensive. He has apologised unreservedly.”
Last week another Victorian Liberal candidate, Aaron Lane, resigned over a string of sexist and homophobic tweets.
He was preselected in May to contest the Western Victoria region in the Upper House.
– with ABC