Controversial Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has posted a relentless series of images of herself eating food as part of her campaign during the final week of the election.
Ms Deves, the Liberal Party’s candidate for Warringah on Sydney‘s northern beaches, has attracted intense scrutiny throughout the election campaign due to her views on transgender people playing female sports.
She has uploaded photos of herself consuming salads, sausage sandwiches, pizza, sushi, dumplings, kebabs, fish, chips and pies online.
It appears the mother-of-three has resorted to posting pictures of herself eating the food to support local businesses and clubs in her electorate.
Controversial Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has strangely posted a series of images of herself eating food as part of her campaign during the final week of the election
Ms Deves, who has attracted intense scrutiny due to her comments about transgender people, has uploaded photos of herself consuming salads, sausage sandwiches, pizza, sushi, dumplings, kebabs, fish, chips and pies online
Both Ms Deves’ supporters and her vocal critics have taken to social media to point out her tendency to post images whenever she eats.
‘Why is Katherine Deves’ social media campaign packed with photos of her eating food? There is everything from kebabs to fish and chips to pizza?’ tweeted one user.
‘Katherine loves her food and this is always a sign of a strong character,’ commented another on Facebook.
A third said: ‘Quite a robust appetite does the good candidate have, along with an appetite for controversy!!’
One critic wrote on her Facebook page: ‘Do you ever stop eating out?’
‘CAN lower-paid people afford to eat out? You know them – the ones Scotty doesn’t want to receive just $1 an hour more at work as prices soar.
‘Perhaps you should invite a few of them to your lavish lunches sometime.’
One Twitter user observed that the lawyer is bombarding social media with the images in an attempt to be perceived in a more positive light.
‘Anyone noticed that Katherine Deves won’t stop posting photos of her eating food on her Facebook? Like every third pic is her eating some sort of meal. Is this some sort of strategy to humanise her?’
Others on social media claimed the posts are part of a strategy to support businesses and receive favourable attention in the wake of her controversial tweets that trans athletes shouldn’t participate in women’s sport.
Many of her supporters and vocal critics have taken to social media to comment on why she has a tendency to post images whenever she eats
It appears the mother-of-three has resorted to posting pictures of herself eating the food to support local businesses and clubs in her electorate of Warringah in northern Sydney
One Twitter user believes that the lawyer is bombarding social media with the images in an attempt to be perceived in a more positive light
Others claimed the food posts are part of a strategy to support businesses while also receiving favourable attention in the wake of her controversial tweets
Ms Deves explained the reasons behind her strong stance against transgender athletes in women’s sport weeks earlier and claimed that the majority of Australians agreed with her.
The candidate, who was handpicked by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to run in the seat of Warringah, became involved in the issue when her three daughters became interested in sport.
She began looking into how gender identity was coming into conflict with sex and believed a ‘proper debate’ wasn’t taking place.
‘I had been looking into the issue of how gender identity was coming into conflict with sex, and I realised that in Australia there were policies that were being put in place that were going to prioritise gender identity over sex in sports,’ she told the Daily Telegraph.
She believes the issue was about a conflict of rights that needed to be resolved.
‘I think there’s a lot of quiet Australians out there who do hold common sense positions on many things and I’ve received messages of support from all over the country, even internationally,’ she said.
‘Historically, we women have had to fight very, very hard to participate equally in public life, and this is just another demonstration of women fighting for their rights.’
Katherine Deves doubled down on her views opposing transgender athletes in women’s sport and claimed many Australians agree with her
The Liberal candidate for Warringah (pictured with her family) has doubled down on her campaign to protect women’s sport
Ms Deves has landed in the spotlight over several controversial tweets she later deleted including one where she compared lobbying to stop transgender athletes from competing in women’s sport to standing up against the Holocaust.
In another tweet she described transgender children as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’ and compared transgender rights to the Stolen Generation.
She also referred to surrogacy as ‘reproductive prostitution’ and a ‘human rights violation’.
The Sydney lawyer later apologised for some of her posts on trans people, saying that her comments were ‘not acceptable’.
‘My advocacy for the rights and safety of women and girls is well known, and I stand by my desire to ensure we protect the safety of women and girls and our entire community,’ she said in a statement.
‘However, the language I used was not acceptable, and for that I apologise.’
She later revealed that she and her family fled their Sydney home following death threats and backlash she had received over her views.
She has constantly rejected the assertion that she’s transphobic.
What are the comments Katherine Deves has made that have created so much division?
Ms Deves co-founded the group Save Women’s Sport which aims to stop transgender women competing alongside biological women.
Since her endorsement by Mr Morrison in the seat of Warringah, a series of tweets she made have been unearthed in which she repeatedly criticised transgender people and surrogates.
In those tweets she described transgender children as ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised’, and likened her stance on the issue as being akin to the French Resistance fighters who resisted German occupation during World War II.
The tweets included statements like:
- ‘Surrogacy is reproductive prostitution. It is egregious exploitation of women, both the woman from egg is ‘harvested’ and the pregnant woman who gives birth to the baby.’
- ‘I really can’t find any similarity between vulnerable pre-Lesbian teenage girls seeking refuge from strict sex stereotypes and middle-aged straight men publicly performing a fetish because they’ve watched too much porn.’
Ms Deves condemned surrogacy as a ‘human rights violation’ while blasting a gay politician following the birth of his twins.
Ms Deves, who is a candidate for the key seat of Warringah in the upcoming election, made the comment last year in response to a picture of US politician Pete Buttigieg and his partner Chasten holding their newborns.
Buttigieg is the first openly gay Democratic presidential candidate in the US and is also the first openly gay person to be confirmed to a Cabinet post when he nominated to President Joe Biden’s cabinet as the secretary of transportation.
He shared a photo on September 5, 2021 celebrating the birth of his twin children Penelope Rose and Joseph August.
Ms Deves responded to the post saying: ‘Surrogacy is human rights violation. Women’s bodies are not vehicles for a vanity project.’
Last December, she labelled the process as ‘reproductive prostitution’.
‘It is egregious exploitation of women, both the woman from egg is ‘harvested’ and the pregnant woman who gives birth to the baby,’ she wrote.
In the wake of the controversy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison doubled down in support of his besieged captains pick.
‘She is standing up for women and girls and their access to fair sport in this country,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘I think she will make a great member of Parliament, she has learned in her advocacy in her private life there are better ways to do things to take things forward as a member of Parliament.
‘I believe that is how she will approach the task if she is elected as the member for Warringah, and I don’t think she should be silenced,’ he said.
Ms Deves revealed she has been bombarded with death threats by left-wing activists on social media.
High-profile Liberal moderates Trent Zimmerman and Matt Kean have publicly called on Mr Morrison to disendorse her over fears her views will haemorrhage support in inner-city seats.
‘I don’t think having candidates that want to spruik the politics of division is in the interests of the party or in the interests of those people,’ NSW Treasurer Mr Kean said.