A Liberal MP who lost her seat has dumped Scott Morrison and made the explosive claim that she was rejected by the Prime Minister in his final months in office.
Sydney-based Reid MP Fiona Martin was among the exodus of incumbent Liberals who were ousted from their seats in Saturday’s election loss.
But when the outgoing prime minister picked up the phone to make a round of personal calls to MPs from the defeated party, one name was missing from the list: hers.
dr. Martin broke her silence to claim she has been locked out by Mr Morrison who failed to visit Reid voters in his hometown of Sydney during the six-week election campaign – despite it being crucial to his hopes of reelection.
Expelled Reid MP Fiona Martin (pictured) has revealed she hasn’t heard from former Scott Morrison since February 23
Ms Martin claimed that Mr Morrison has not spoken to her since February when… she defied the party by going round to pass laws that allow religious schools to discriminate or exclude transgender and gay students.
“I think that’s his choice. He must be mad at me, I think,” Dr. Martin news.com.au†
“I really got the feeling that he wanted me gone. As soon as I crossed the floor and showed what I believe in, I got the impression that they were saying, ‘Okay, she’s a problem.’
Her decision caught Morrison by surprise, who announced in a late night speech that Dr. Martin would sit on a newly formed committee on children’s mental health in a desperate bid to salvage religious discrimination laws and secure her voice.
Fiona Martin (right) claims she suspected Scott Morrison (center) wanted her way
dr. Martin stands by her decision to stand up for her beliefs, despite paying the price.
‘I don’t like burning bridges. But I will always stand up for what I believe in,” said Dr. Martin.
“If you cross people, they will come after you. I definitely think I paid a price. But my inbox was flooded with people thanking me. I’m proud of that. I really believe that we can protect believing people and children.’
The feud comes three years after Morrison Dr. Martin had hand-picked as his ‘captain’s pick’ to run for Reid after former MP Craig Laundy retired in the last election.
dr. Martin, a former child psychologist, was one of five Liberal MPs to speak on the amendment to the Sexual Discrimination Act, which included Wentworth MP Dave Sharma, Higgins MP Dr. Katie Allen and North Sydney counterpart Trent Zimmerman, all of whom were also deposed.
“I was proud that no one should be discriminated against because of religion, sexuality or gender identity,” she tweeted at the time.
‘The consequences of discrimination are real, no young person should face that because of who they are.’
dr. Martin claimed the last time she heard from Mr Morrison was via text message on Feb. 23 related to a different matter.
It is clear that he contacted Mr. Sharma, Dr. Allen and Mr. Zimmerman after he lost their seats, despite having also talked to Dr. Martin three months earlier.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Morrison’s office for comment.
Last month, Dr Martin claimed she had been targeted by conservatives within her own party who were bitter about her views on progressive issues.
“Sometimes the far right of our party won’t like what I’ve done, but I’ve worked to be representative of the people of Reid,” Dr Martin told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“If anyone had a disagreement about Reid, they should come and talk to me in the first place, rather than stage political attacks,” she said.
“While this may have been prompted by actions I’ve taken, Reid’s people aren’t interested in political mud-slinging.”
Fiona Martin (right) was among many Liberal MPs impeached in the election defeat, including Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (left)
dr. Martin publicly thanked the electorate for their support and congratulated new Labor MP Sally Sitou.
She also reiterated her beliefs, causing her to be frozen by her party leader.
“I am proud to have stood up for the LGBTIQ community,” said Dr Martin.
Minority groups should never be used as political football and I hope the next parliament will have a chance to finally enact the Sexual Discrimination Act.”