Australian MP who promoted pandemic conspiracies quits ruling party

France 24 | Feb 23, 2021 at 4:10 AM
  • An Australian lawmaker who frequently peddled pandemic misinformation quit the conservative government Tuesday, weeks after being publicly dressed down by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
  • Craig Kelly repeatedly used social media and the floor of parliament to question the safety of coronavirus vaccines, oppose lockdowns, and promote unproven Covid-19 treatments such as Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and headlice medication ivermectin.
  • Kelly’s Facebook account — which also frequently plays down climate change — had around six million video views and five million interactions in 2020.