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  Greens candidate quits over claim Bryant not guilty of Port Arthur massacre
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  May 14, 2019 08:37pm
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AuthorRichard Ferguson and Mark Schliebs
News DateTuesday, May 14, 2019 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionGreens candidate David Paull has stood down as the Greens candidate for Parkes, after revelations he posted Port Arthur Massacre conspiracy theories online.

The Australian revealed today that Mr Paull claimed on ­social media that Martin Bryant didn’t commit the 1996 Port ­Arthur massacre in which 35 ­people died. He then denied making the comments, before later ­admitting he wrote them.

The NSW Greens have now said he will step down, despite saying the party was happy with Mr Paull’s explanation yesterday.

“The Greens will take down all campaigning material in his name,” a party spokesman said.

“David absolutely rejects the views the views he is quoted as supporting, but has stood down to not become a distraction from the important issues the Greens are focused on.”

The Facebook comment on a Port Arthur conspiracy theory page from Mr Paull said the massacre looked “like an operation designed for psychological manipulation of the general ­population”.

“There is only one sure thing in my mind — Bryant didn’t do it and so a great crime on the Australian people was committed,” the Nov­ember 2018 comment, unearthed by social media intelligence and news agency Storyful, reads.
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