She’s anti-Muslim and anti-immigration. Can you handle this grandmother?

Kim Vuga is a mental health worker and grandmother, who wants to run for Senate. Her views are staunchly anti-Muslim

Kim Vuga is a mental health worker and grandmother, who wants to run for Senate. Her views are staunchly anti-Muslim and anti-immigration, and now she claims bosses are discriminating against her for these beliefs.

Ms Vuga featured on the SBS program, Go Back Where You Came From. She also recently formed the political party Love Australia Or Leave. However on December 17, the grandmother was given seven days to resign by her superiors at Townsville Hospital and Health Service in Queensland.

“I am seeking your immediate action to advise me of your resignation within seven days of receipt of this letter”, the hospital’s chief operating officer, Danielle Hornsby wrote. The hospital boss went on to explain that Section 44 of the Constitution requires public employees to resign, before contesting an election.

Ms Hornby’s letter cited a case in Melbourne where an independent candidate successfully won a local ballot. However, the High Court subsequently declared his election void because he was still a registered teacher in Victoria.

Kim Vuga believes she is being pushed out of the hospital because of her political opinions, which include a complete ban on Muslim immigration to Australia. “I’ve been discriminated against. I believe I am too controversial for them”, she said.

“They want me to be unemployed just before Christmas. It’s un-Australian, it’s unfair. What happened to looking after workers? If these bullies and thugs can do this to me they can do it to anyone”, the community mental health officer added.

Constitutional experts have agreed that Ms Vuga does not need to leave her employment yet. Lawyer and professor Anne Twomey said that Section 44 does not apply to candidates, until an election has been called.

“Given that we are nowhere near the date that a Senate election will be called, section 44 is completely irrelevant,” Professor Twomey said.

Instead, candidates are only required to leave public employment before ballot nominations close. This is generally one month before an election day.

Ms Vuga has refused to resign, telling Townsville Hospital:  “I am not yet a politician as stated. I am not yet a candidate, however as I stated, I will be intending to contest as a QLD Senate candidate at the 2016 election representing Love Australia or Leave Party”.

A reply written by Ms Hornsby suggests the hospital might be backing down: “My intention in writing to you was to inform you of this information (about Section 44), which may impact on you. I apologise if my original letter did not make this intention clear”.

Do you believe Kim Vuga has been discriminated against by hospital bosses? Aren’t all Australians entitled to calmly express their political views?

    • We all have an opinion right or wrong but we still deserve to keep our job .

      • Robyn rylands  

        I disagree. She is a mental health worker. She should be keeping her opinions to herself.

    • Nor mine. But that is not the point of this post. She is entitled to her opinion and she is not required to resign until a short time before the election.

    • Ian  

      Again the lefties hard noses come out and comment about their voting on ntentions. The question is about discrimination against a potential candidate for the Senate . Yes she has been singled out for her stated beliefs. One can only wonder about the so called freedom of speech allowed in this country when anyone has a stated position against what the leftie Lynch mob think then they are vilified hands down. Most of you only want freedom of speech when they agree with you.

  1. The Love Australia or leave Party can put itself in a boat and row out to sea for all I care, I would never vote for that and as matter of fact if I saw the dragon coming down the street, I would cross the road to avoid her

    • Robb Gee  

      Libbi, you never disappoint me with your lefttard views. When the real dragon comes down the road you won’t be able to cross the street. Being a woman you will have no opinion, freedom or decision making rights. Enjoy your freedom while you can, and in the future nights after you have been abused and misused by your new man, remember she and people like her tried to warn you. It’s a bed you will have to lie in along with the regret for not listening. See where your lefttard mates are then?

  2. What happened to freedom and democracy it seems very one sided in my opine you should be able to keep your job .

    • You can if you are not being paid by the public purse ie public service. If you are, and you chose to run for public office then you must resign, to avoid a conflict of interest. Its how democracy works.

  3. Yes everyone is entitled to voice their views, that is what Australia is about. And everyone is entitled to disagree with this woman’s views!

  4. She will get all the redneck and bogans voting for her, anyone sensible would just give her a big miss

  5. No I don’t agree with her take.
    If you cannot be employed when running for political office, asking for her resignation is not discrimination.
    I also don’t agree with her politics so don’t really care.

  6. From a work point of view, they cannot constitutionally force her to resign yet, but can do so later.
    From a moral point of view, everyone should be allowed to stand for what they believe in.

    • her opinions have left the private domain and are now in the Public domain I would not want that woman anywhere near me and she is the community mental Health officer, these people already have enough problems

      • Jill Edmonds  

        Well said Rosalind – can you imagine her counselling people with mental health issues???

    • Rosalind, all our views are out in the public domain the minute we put them on Face Book or send emails, but I see where you’re coming from.

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