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Outspoken Vic Lib MP poised to be expelled

Outspoken Victorian Liberal MP Bernie Finn is refusing to plead his case not be booted to the cross bench for bringing the party into disrepute.

A motion to expel the upper house MP from the state’s parliamentary Liberal Party is set to be debated and voted on by his parliamentary colleagues on Tuesday.

Mr Finn came under fire in early May after posting on Facebook he was “praying” for abortion to be banned in Victoria when it emerged the US Supreme Court could overturn its landmark Roe v Wade decision.

He also told an online user he did not support abortion in cases of rape, drawing the ire of colleagues including state Liberal leader Matthew Guy.

Mr Finn resigned as opposition whip in the Legislative Council, declaring Mr Guy’s public criticism was “the last straw”.

His party leader said the motion to expel him was linked to Mr Finn’s behaviour, not his beliefs.

“I expect behaviour of members of parliament, as the parliamentary party constitution says, to be putting forward the best interests of the parliamentary Liberal party,” Mr Guy told reporters on Monday.

Mr Finn is refusing to resign or show up to lobby his colleagues for clemency.

“I will let them make a decision. I will not be there,” he told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

He accused shadow treasurer David Davis of leading the push to expel him, and described the motion as ridiculous and nonsensical.

“They’ve accused me of publicly criticising the party. I have never done that,” he said.

“You can’t help but think this is somewhat of a kangaroo court and I will not be legitimising it with my presence.”

If thrown out, the Western Metropolitan MP said he would consider running in the same region under a different banner at the November state election.

Mr Finn claims he has been approached by up to seven parties to run for them in the past 18 months.

“They are offers that I might actually revisit,” he said.

The 61-year-old has been a member of Victoria’s upper house since 2006, after serving two terms in the lower house from 1992 to 1999.

He has repeatedly stoked online controversy in recent years, calling Victoria Police a “despot’s militia” and posting pro-Trump conspiracy theories as well as a meme about a Chinese rocket falling on the ABC or his political rivals.

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