CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says his Liberal Party rejects the anti-Muslim views of an election candidate who has become the third to lose the conservative party's endorsement in as many days over their social media histories.
The scandals surrounding candidates have become distractions for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten this week as they attempt to focus voters on policies ahead of the May 18 election. Candidates for both the Liberal Party and the center-left Labor Party opposition quit on Friday over their online pasts.
Morrison had stood by Liberal candidate Jessica Whelan amid accusations on Thursday she made anti-Muslim posts on social media, saying some screenshots appeared to have been doctored.
But Whelan stepped aside over further posts published in a newspaper overnight.