Controversial MP Bernie Finn has been expelled from Victoria’s parliamentary Liberal Party, weeks after he expressed strong anti-abortion sentiments.
His Liberal colleagues this morning voted to oust him at a party room vote, which Finn did not attend.
The move forces Finn onto the crossbench in the upper house of the Victorian Parliament.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said Finn’s membership had been “discontinued”.
“This is not something the party undertook lightly,” he said.
“The Victorian Liberal Party welcomes a wide and diverse range of views.
“But it also reasonably expects all members to be team players and uphold standards in their public discourse.”
Leading the anti-abortion March for Babies rally, Finn attracted backlash after he insisted pregnancies that were the result of rape should not be terminated. On the eve of the vote, Finn took shots at colleagues.
Finn has been a member of the Legislative Council since 2006.
He was the member for the now-abolished lower house seat of Tullamarine between 1992 and 1999.