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Animal Justice Party candidates resign & delete Facebook pages over views on 'some trans issues'

Neither of the candidates were named in the AJP statement.

Two candidates running for the Animal Justice Party at this year's federal election have resigned over their views on "some transgender issues," according to the party.


Linda McCarthy and Suzanne Clarke were both running for the AJP in Queensland in the seats of Forde & Rankin respectively.


The party has now said in a statement that there were "candidates who used their personal social media platform to express their views on some transgender issues in a way which we believe was not in line with the AJP’s Core Values."


"When it became clear that differences were irreconcilable, the candidates resigned from the AJP and are no longer members."

Neither McCarthy nor Clarke were named in the statement.


However, as nominations have now closed, the candidates' names will still appear on the ballot.


The party said that "if they are not on our list of candidates they are not AJP members or candidates."


"The AJP unreservedly apologises for the harm this matter has caused."


McCarthy & Clarke have now deleted their Facebook pages, and are no longer on the AJP website.


6 News reached out to the AJP for comment, but have not heard back at time of publication.


The seat of Forde is currently held by the LNP's Bert van Manen, while the seat of Rankin is held by Labor MP & Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers.


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