Andrews slams 'hateful' Vic Liberal pick

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has criticised the Liberal party's endorsement of controversial Melton City councillor Moira Deeming, calling her political ideologies "hateful" and "transphobic".

Ms Deeming was endorsed for preselection at a Liberal convention on Saturday night in the contest for the upper house Western Metropolitan Region seat in the state election.

The high school teacher and mother-of-four will replace MP Bernie Finn.

Mr Andrews and Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas expressed outrage over the endorsement, saying her political views are harmful to the LGBTQI community.

"I'm not here to comment on the Liberal Party and some of the transphobic, homophobic and frankly, unVictorian kind of hatred. This spite just doesn't work," Mr Andrews said.

Ms Thomas described Ms Deeming as a "clone" of Mr Finn, who was booted from the Liberal Party in May for saying abortion should be banned across the state.

"I have to say, I'm pretty outraged but I'm not surprised," Ms Thomas said.

"What we've seen here is a political party that made a big song and dance about kicking out Bernie Finn and now they've pre-selected a Bernie Finn clone."

Ms Deeming made headlines while running for city council in 2020 when she shared controversial views in her candidate statement submitted to the Victorian Electoral Commission.

This is her "controversial views"

"Resources should be spent wisely and only ever allocated based on need, not on identity markers like religion, race or sexuality," she said.

"I'll never support (council) rates being used to promote radical policies like banning Australia Day, Drag Queen Story Times for toddlers, or letting biological males who identify as female use female toilets and change rooms."

Standing up for the truth is now controversial, not wanting pubic funds to be used on sexual ideology propaganda and misinformation is controversial.

This is just my opinion.

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