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  Jessica Whelan quits as Liberal federal election candidate over anti-Muslim social media posts
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 14, 2019 07:34pm
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AuthorDan Conifer and Brett Worthington
News DateFriday, May 3, 2019 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Liberal Party has accepted the resignation of Tasmanian candidate Jessica Whelan following more allegations about her social media activity.

Overnight screenshots emerged that appear to show comments made on Facebook spouting anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant views.

"Clearly these posts are inappropriate, and the Liberal Party was not aware of their existence until they were reported," the Liberal Party said in a statement.

"Therefore, she has offered her resignation as a candidate and the Liberal Party has accepted it."

Ms Whelan was yesterday accused in Tasmania's Parliament of making several Islamophobic comments on Facebook, including a post about genital mutilation.
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