John Pesutto Must Go

29 March 2023

3.7 MINS

It really is time for this spineless wonder to go.

Politics can bring out the best in people. But more often than not it can bring out the worst. Some people so love politics and power that they can lose any last vestige of their humanity, and they are happy to treat others like dirt if it helps them to advance their climb up the political ladder.

Such political junkies are a dime a dozen, and we see this very much on display in folks like the Victorian Liberal leader John Pesutto. His appalling treatment of Christian conservative Party member Moira Deeming is a really sad and ugly example of this.

He wanted her expelled from the Party, but he was rolled yesterday in a Party room meeting when it was clear that his own party did not agree with him on this. And what actually happened at that meeting is something we all need to be aware of. As to that, the most important 8-minute video you will watch this week is found here:


It features Peta Credlin of Sky News discussing what transpired yesterday morning, and it includes powerful quotes from a very moving speech by Moira as she sought to defend herself against the moronic and blatantly false accusations that Pesutto and the secular left media were making against her.

Credlin informs us that Pesutto and three of his henchmen first made speeches, seeking to get Deeming booted out of the Parliamentary Party. But then not one, not two, but TEN Liberal Party colleagues got up and spoke in defence of Deeming. Wow.

That was followed by one of the most important and powerful speeches heard in the Party room. Deeming’s defence was so moving that many of her colleagues were brought to tears. And it is clear that after she had finished, most Libs wanted nothing to do with kicking her out.

So Pesutto was forced to briefly adjourn the meeting and head out with his lackeys. He then came back with Plan B: a nine-month suspension of Deeming. So the vote to expel her never took place. What a gutless wonder. What a political hack. He does not seem to have a decent bone in his body. He threw Moira under the bus just to save his one political skin. What a disgusting leader.

It is not Moira who should be suspended – it is Pesutto who should be expelled. And many now are wondering just that: how long will he last as leader? He was rolled big time by his own colleagues, and he is now walking on very shaky ground. The sooner he goes the better.

As Credlin reminds us, Deeming will be back in action around Christmas. The question is, will Pesutto be around then? And wouldn’t it be ironic if there were enough intelligent and principled Libs who actually made Moira the leader instead! It is not likely, but we can always pray for miracles. Perhaps one day she will lead the Party while Pesutto is long gone.

Credlin closed her monologue with these words: “This has been a terrible own goal from the beginning, and at every point when John Pesutto could have pulled back, he instead chose to make it worse – and worse its got. If the Liberal Party will no longer welcome conservatives into its ranks, well, the conservative side of politics really is in diabolical trouble.”

As to Deeming’s speech, if I find a full copy of it I will likely offer here in full. In the meantime, you can listen to excerpts of it from the link I shared above. Also, one news outlet has shared some of the quotes, so let me present some of that here:

In a speech to the party room, she revealed she had been raped as a child and sexually assaulted which is what drove her actions, according to the speech provided to Sky News host Peta Credlin. “I note that many of you are confused and annoyed with me for persisting in taking about women’s rights, intersex rights, gay rights, parents rights and safeguards for women and children,” Ms Deeming told the party room.

“I assure you the reasons are completely and utterly based on love and compassion, not any sort of bigotry – and not even on religion or conservative politics. When I speak on these issues, I speak from personal experience. My life has been marred repeatedly by rape – at the hands of men – from the age of four.

“I have been assaulted in public facilities, I was sexually harassed and assaulted by a teacher who later went to jail for having sex with minors. I am driven by a desire to make sure other children and women don’t suffer like I did.”

She said her uncle who helped to raise her was Jewish and the survivor of the Holocaust, which is why she said the allegations she had Nazi links were untrue and “deeply and personally offensive and hurtful.”

“These allegations against me of Nazism and hatred towards the trans community are 100 per cent false, but people will believe them if you support this motion to expel me.”

As Credlin makes clear, throughout this entire episode, Pesutto still wanted her expelled. It was only after it was evident that his own party did not agree with him that he had to go to an alternative. What a loser. What lousy piece of work.

As I say, politics can often bring out the worst in people. We had this on full display with Pesutto.

But politics can often bring out the best in people. We had this on full display with Deeming.

God bless you Moira. We stand with you and we will keep you in our prayers. We need more champions like you.


Originally published at CultureWatch. Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi.

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  1. Jim Twelves 29 March 2023 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Bill, I think the expulsion of anyone from any group or organization is a most tragic step to take. In my life in education it is only ever undertaken after forensic investigation and the establishment of a clear crime. Pesutto’s ‘investigation’ was non existent and betrayed democracy, most notably Deeming’s electorate.
    I now call on all Liberals and Nationals in the country to conduct a forensic investigation into Pesutto’s leadership of the opposition in Victoria. He should be asked to resign and if he won’t he should be democratically removed from his leadership office. I also believe Deeming’s suspension should be revoked.
    I would urge Deeming to stand for the leadership. This whole debacle has simply served to put Deeming more in the lime light than before, I am sure that that is what Pesutto was wishing to avoid.
    What an indictment on the Victorian opposition that simply gives more room for Labor to role out their diabolical agenda unopposed!

    • John Hutchins 29 March 2023 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      I wholeheartedly agree with you Jim.

  2. Kaylene Emery 29 March 2023 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Thank you Bill and let none of us leave it there.!
    If this suspension is simply accepted by the Australian people and the Victorian Parliament then all, are guilty of cowardice and are complicit in this gross injustice .

  3. John Searle 29 March 2023 at 9:40 am - Reply

    it is time for all christians stood up to all this rot not only pray for her and her faith to grow strong but to get rid of the rubbish that is being preached at the top

  4. Jimbob 29 March 2023 at 9:47 am - Reply

    1 Corinthians 3:8-9

    Please read carefully.

  5. Jimbob 29 March 2023 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Why are people cherry picking the Scriptures they would like to use? Why choose some but not others? Isn’t that just as hypocritical? 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

  6. Christine Crawford 29 March 2023 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Nine months sounds like another “subtle” dig at Moira. Is she going to be reborn then? I’m glad Pesutto didn’t say “16 months ” Like an endangered rhino- their gestation period is 16 months!

  7. CS 29 March 2023 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    ABC reports in relation to this issue focus on John Pesutto. ABC has given abundant to Grace Tame and her brave advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, yet the ABC is silent (as far as I have been able to research) on Moira Deeming’s personal trauma in surviving sexual assault, and Moira’s fight for safe places for women and girls. Where is our national broadcaster?

    • Jim Twelves 29 March 2023 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      CSI could not agree more, the ABC seems to sing to the tune of their ideologues. In this story, it has been fascinating to see the subtle bias of mainstream media. From the start, I was at a loss as to why the original demonstration was not even covered by mainstream media, it had to be broken by Avi Yemini of Rebel News Australia as far as I could see.

      • Kaylene Emery 29 March 2023 at 6:23 pm - Reply

        I am so nourished by the outrage of my brothers n sisters in Christ. It allows me to breathe deeply as I continually look to His word for light in such darkness.

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