Labor and Liberal candidates drop like flies along the election campaign

Fifteen candidates have either been sacked or stood down ahead of the federal election as a string of scandals plagues contenders on both sides of the political spectrum. 

From rape jokes to Islamophobic comments to anti-Semitic remarks, controversies has embroiled candidates from both the Liberal and Labor parties.  

Dumped Liberal candidate Jessica Whelan came under heavy fire over a series of Facebook posts made in her name, which advocated for Muslim women to be sold into slavery. She quit the campaign on Friday.

Labor candidate Luke Creasey also resigned from his party on the same day after it emerged he once joked on Facebook about his friends 'roughly taking' a woman's virginity.

Earlier in the week, One Nation candidate Steve Dickson resigned after footage emerged of him making inappropriate comments at a strip club in the United States. 

Dumped Liberal candidate Jessica Whelan came under heavy fire over a series of Facebook posts made in her name, which advocated for Muslim women to be sold into slavery

Dumped Liberal candidate Jessica Whelan came under heavy fire over a series of Facebook posts made in her name, which advocated for Muslim women to be sold into slavery

Labor candidate Luke Creasey resigned from his party after it emerged he once joked on Facebook about his friends 'roughly taking' a woman's virginity

Labor candidate Luke Creasey resigned from his party after it emerged he once joked on Facebook about his friends 'roughly taking' a woman's virginity

Ms Whelan was accused in Parliament of advocating the genital mutilation of Muslim women and selling them as slaves, and of saying Tasmanians 'don't bloody want' to take in Syrian refugees.

A Facebook profile under the candidate's name recently commented on a post about US police officer Mohamed Noor, saying: 'He's a filthy Muslim!'

Her second alleged remark was under Reclaim Australia Rally's Facebook post about Iraqi and Syrian refugees being settled in New South Wales.

'Don't bloody send them to Tasmania. We don't want them. Nick McKim, the biggest waste of space in politics, does not represent Tasmanians,' the same account wrote.

Ms Whelan has denied the allegations, but stepped down as the candidate for the Tasmanian seat of Lyons. 

One Nation's Steve Dickson was led to resign from the party after footage showed the Queensland leader groping dancers at a Washington DC strip club.

The recording was captured by an undercover journalist and was leaked to Nine's A Current Affair, which broadcast the footage on Monday night.

Mr Dickson, who is married, called one of the dancers a 'bitch' before describing her as 'hot' and could be heard saying Asian women don't know what they're doing during sex and 'white women f*** a whole lot better'.

Liberal candidate Jeremy Hearn, was dumped by the party after a series of anti-Muslim comments came to light. 

The House of Representatives candidate for Victoria state wrote online in 2016 that taxpayers should not fund Muslim schools because they were 'fomenting rebellion against the government.'

One Nation's Steve Dickson was led to resign from the party after footage showed the Queensland leader groping dancers at a Washington DC strip club in the US

One Nation's Steve Dickson was led to resign from the party after footage showed the Queensland leader groping dancers at a Washington DC strip club in the US

Peter Killin, who was also running for the House in Victoria, resigned from the party after secretly attacking gay government lawmaker Tim Wilson (pictured) online in December and calling for party members to do more to prevent gays from being elected

Peter Killin, who was also running for the House in Victoria, resigned from the party after secretly attacking gay government lawmaker Tim Wilson (pictured) online in December and calling for party members to do more to prevent gays from being elected

Peter Killin, who was also running for the House in Victoria, resigned from the party after secretly attacking gay government lawmaker Tim Wilson online in December and

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