Nationals candidate on sex charge found dead days before Victorian election
- Nationals candidate Shaun David Gilchrist has been found dead days out from the state election.
- He was due in court on 30 November for sexual offences, AAP has confirmed.
- National’s leader Peter Walsh told reporters on Monday the party was not aware of the charges.
A trial date was set for June 2023.
Mr Gilchrist, who lived in Warragul but worked overseas representing government and business, is survived by his partner and children.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends, as well as his colleagues and his supporters, who are all grieving the most tragic of losses,” he said.
Both the Premier and Deputy Premier Jacinta Allan accused the coalition of preferencing Nazis and extremists on their group party ticket.
Liberal Leader Matthew Guy said Ms Heath would not sit in his party room if elected but it was too late to disendorse her.
Mr Guy backed Liberal candidate Timothy Dragan at the weekend after recordings of his comments regarding Indigenous Australians, abortion and climate change were leaked. Source: AAP
Ms Heath has told Nine she’s engaged lawyers to assess whether she has grounds to make a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
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