Moira Deeming, a Victorian Liberal Party Member, was expelled from the party room after making threats to sue leader John Pesutto. The incident occurred on May 12th, 2023, with Pesutto informing Deeming that she was no longer welcome in the party room. This decision was made due to Deeming’s “threatening and aggressive” behavior, which led to the expulsion.
The incident occurred when Deeming became increasingly angry during a heated discussion with Pesutto and other party members. Deeming felt that her views were not being taken into account and accused Pesutto of being disrespectful and ignoring her. She then threatened to sue him, prompting Pesutto to immediately expel her from the party room.
This decision was met with criticism from other party members, with some feeling that Pesutto’s reaction was too harsh. However, Pesutto defended his decision, arguing that Deeming’s behavior was unacceptable and that she had acted in a manner that was unbecoming of a party member. He also noted that he would not stand for such behavior in the future and would take disciplinary action against any future transgressions.
The incident has caused a stir within the party, with some members feeling that it was a harsh punishment for Deeming’s actions. Others, however, believe that Pesutto was justified in his decision, as Deeming had clearly crossed a line and needed to be reprimanded.
Regardless of the reaction, this incident has highlighted the need for party members to remain respectful of each other, even in heated discussions. It has also shown that Pesutto is willing to take a firm stance against any behavior that is not in line with party values.