The Liberal Party has disendorsed a candidate just days before the Victorian election after she appeared in a video that called for a ban on Muslim immigration.
Candidate for the marginal seat of Yan Yean, Meralyn Klein, appears in the video by 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.
In the video, she also says two teenage boys behind the 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.
Ms Klein, who served on Nillumbik Council until 2016, told ABC Radio on Thursday morning she had never endorsed the video.
Ms Klein said she had made the video about her attack with the Australian Liberty Alliance, after she was told it would be about violence against women.
“That video was taken by an individual and given to the Australian Liberty Alliance and they made it into something it is not. I am a strong advocate for … multiculturalism,” she told ABC Radio’s Jon Faine.
“They cut it, they sliced it and they put it up as their own claiming it was an anti-Muslim video,” Ms Klein said.
“Nowhere in anything I said was I anti-Muslim. I am not anti-Muslim.”
Victorian Liberal state director Nick Demiris said in a statement he had accepted Ms Klein’s resignation overnight.
“While Labor and the Greens refuse to set and maintain standards for their MPs and candidates the Liberal Party expects its MPs and candidates to update our values,” he said.