Controversial former Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has pulled out of the race to fill a Senate vacancy after a brutal interview questioned her cre
Controversial former Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has pulled out of the race to fill a Senate vacancy after a brutal interview questioned her credentials.
Ms Deves announced on Sunday she is pulling out of the race to fill the NSW Senate spot left open by the death of former general Jim Molan
Ms Deves said she would be focusing her time on her legal advocacy in the high-profile Tickle v Giggle case instead and that it ‘wasn’t the right time’ to get back into politics.
‘This week (there was) a lot of soul searching, a few sleepless nights (but) ultimately it came down to a question of priorities as to whether I nominated for the Senate and I just decided at this time it just wasn’t the right time for me,’ she told Sky News.
‘There’s a strong field of candidates here all bringing something different to the table.
‘It’s going to be very hard fought and I have full faith that the Liberal Party selectors will choose the right person to carry on Jim Molan’s legacy.’
Her announcement comes days after Ms Deves copped a harsh line of questioning from Sky News host Sheree Markson on Monday.
Former Liberal candidate Katherine Deves (right) faced a grilling from Sky New host Sharee Markson
Despite her failure to regain the blue-ribbon seat, Ms Deves threw her hat in the ring to replace the late senator Jim Molan (pictured left with daughter Erin Molan)
Ms Deves had announced she would throw her hat in the ring to replace Sen. Molan who died in January.
She was defeated as the Liberal candidate for Tony Abbott’s old seat of Warringah at last year’s federal election, beaten by independent Zali Steggall after a campaign that was derailed by debate about her views on the transgender issue.
Her bid took a turn for the worse early when old tweets opposing transgender participation in women’s sport were unearthed.
‘You have offended transgender children and their parents, you’ve had to apologise to the Jewish community, you even had to visit the Sydney Holocaust Museum after making Nazi comparisons,’ Markson asked her at the start of the week.
‘What on Earth makes you think you would be the best person to replace the highly respected and much-loved Senator Jim Molan?’
Ms Deves likened herself to General Molan and said she was ready to follow in his footsteps.
‘He had a very distinguished career in the military, I have read his book,’ she said.
‘With respect to what I think I could bring to the table, well I am a strong conservative woman… I can demonstrate, to the people that I would represent that I would go in there fighting.
‘And I do align myself with some of the values that Jim had, particularly around issues of, you know, defending our freedom of speech, defending our great nation, standing up for aspirational Australian families, and standing up for common sense.’
Ms Deves said attending the Sydney Holocaust Museum was an ‘incredibly moving and memorable experience’, but was told by Markson she only had to go because she posted an offensive tweet.
Her comments were actually a part of a panel discussion, not a tweet, in 2021 where she likened opposition to transgender activism to those who resisted Nazi Germany’s occupation of France during World War II.
Ms Deves said told Markson she was ‘discussing the rise of fascist regimes’ and how their ‘deeply authoritarian and socialist ideologies are infiltrating our societies’.
Deves stood for the seat of Warringah at the last election and was trounced after her transphobic tweets emerged calling transgender children ‘mutilated’, among other controversial statements
‘I’m not excusing it, but I have learned that it was absolutely the wrong thing to do and I showed contrition and I apologised,’ she said.
Tweets also emerged during the last federal campaign where Ms Deves called transgender children ‘mutilated’.
Ms Deves was a prominent promoter of UK ‘women’s rights’ activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, better known by her social media name of Posey Parker, who toured Australia in March.
Ms Keen-Minshull’s rallies were marred by noisier often louder groups of counter protesters and in Melbourne her event outside Victoria’s Parliament was joined by a neo-Nazi group who the original rally organisers said were not invited.
The legal case Ms Deves is working on as an advocate is a Federal Court action mounted by transgender activist Roxanne Tickle who demanding to be allowed on the women-only app Giggle for Girls developed by entrepreneur Sally ‘Sall’ Grover.
Senator Jim Molan died in January aged 72 after an extended battle with cancer.
With the withdrawal of Ms Deves the two leading candidates to take the NSW vacancy are Liberal state party president Maria Kovacic and former NSW transport minister Andrew Constance.
In keeping with standard practice, the Liberal Party can nominate a successor which is then rubber-stamped by the governor.
Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk