One Nation disendorsed Brisbane Candidate–Rebecca Lloyd after allegations the candidate was behind anti-vaccine mandate propaganda. Reports indicate that the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) was investigating to determine whether a website registered to Ms. Lloyd breached political authorisation rules.
Apparently, the Brisbane Candidate had used the website to solicit donations to minor party candidates with links to anti-Covid lockdown groups. Although this has not been independently verified.
According to Sky News, One Nation reportedly disendorsed Ms. Lloyd for failing to work with and follow directions from the party.
Taking to Facebook, Ms. Lloyd sent an urgent SOS desperately asking for help to share a video with Pauline Hanson from One Nation. In the video, Ms. Lloyd claimed she was being sidelined for standing up against factless and baseless claims made by Jonathon Sri, Member for the Greens, and Brisbane City Council and since picked up by MSN, ABC, Guardian, Sky News, Australian and West Australian. According to Ms Lloyd, the stories claimed she was under investigation by the AEC but when she called the AEC to confirm this, they claimed to have never heard of her.
Ms. Lloyd remains defiant, stating, ‘I will stand up and I will speak out and if I am being disendorsed, it is because I refuse to be silent’. She further stated that ‘I was representing a party that claims to be by Australians for Australians’. Stating ‘it seems like my own party would rather I stay silent and not speak up for myself’.
Ms. Lloyd believes One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is unaware of what is occurring and has pleaded with followers to contact Pauline Hanson and advise her of what is going on. Ms. Lloyd believes Pauline Hanson would stand up for her as she had experienced similar underhanded dealings in her early years in politics. A defiant Ms. Lloyd claimed I don’t work for One Nation. I work for the people of Brisbane and Australia…and I will never be silent’.
At this stage, One Nation has removed Ms. Lloyd from their website. AFIPN has contacted the AEC for comment and is awaiting their reply.
UPDATE: In response to a request by AFIPN for comment, the AEC stated The AEC was referred the ‘Join the Conversation’ website to see whether or not it is breaching electoral authorization’s laws. The intent of these laws is for people to be able to know who is communicating with them. We are looking into the matter and as part of this will seek to communicate with the people behind the website and other accounts. Aside from this, we won’t be providing a running commentary on authorization’s matters.