The Newcastle Independents have parted ways with Allan Robinson after more details emerged of sexist and homophobic comments the former jockey has made about his council rivals.
The Independents announced Cr Robinson's departure on Thursday, a day after Newcastle council published a report detailing comments that led to him receiving a string of code-of-conduct censures.
An investigation into Cr Robinson's behaviour found he had called Labor lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes "fatso", labelled Labor councillor Carol Duncan a "big chunky woman" and called gay Labor deputy lord mayor Declan Clausen "custard".
John Church, the Independents' lord mayoral candidate in the December local government election, said Cr Robinson would "not be standing for re-election as part of the Newcastle Independents' team".
"We will be announcing the Newcastle Independents' Ward 4 candidate shortly," Cr Church said.
"I call on all councillors to lift the standard and tone of debate and stay focused on serving ratepayers and their needs."
The issue of Cr Robinson's behaviour came to a head in 2019 after he referred to homosexuals as "p--fs" during interviews with the Newcastle Herald and The Guardian and said during a council debate that a female councillor looked like "Jessie the elephant".
"Why should it be offensive?" he reportedly told The Guardian. "If you're a f---ing p--f, you're a p--f."
Cr Robinson used the moniker "custard" for Cr Clausen in the council chamber and in media interviews in 2019.
He was also the subject of a council investigation in 2015 after he referred to a female councillor as "beefcake".
The Newcastle Herald has chosen not to report other offensive comments Cr Robinson has made to reporters and to the investigator.
Gay former rugby league star Ian Roberts said in 2019 that Cr Robinson's comments were "sickening" given gay suicide rates were far higher than the national average.
The Independents issued a statement at the time saying they "do not endorse hate speech by anyone at anytime", but until now they have stood by their colleague.
Cr Church declined to answer when asked on Thursday why the Independents had not dumped Cr Robinson before the investigation report was made public.
Cr Robinson was forced to make a public apology to Cr Clausen in August last year after Cr Clausen complained to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.
On Tuesday night, Labor councillors slammed Cr Robinson for his "homophobic abuse" and "abhorrent sexism and misogyny", calling on the Independents to axe him from their election ticket.
The councillors voted in confidential session to release the investigation report, which substantiated all but one of eight alleged code breaches arising from two complaints in 2019.
The report showed Cr Robinson had doubled down on his comments while being interviewed by the investigator.
Asked by the investigator to confirm if he had told the media "I have no problem with poofs ... I'm very good friends with three poofs", he had responded: "I'd rather call them poofs than f--king ... nudgers and s--t shovers."
The Independents and Liberal councillor Brad Luke are understood to have voted against releasing the report.
Cr Robinson told the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday that he would "walk away from being a Newcastle Independents councillor" if his actions were "doing 'em no good".
He said he regretted the comments "if it hurts someone".
"Should it have been said? Probably not, no," he said.
"Would I like someone saying it to my mum? No, I wouldn't."
The Independents have now lost Cr Robinson in Ward 4 and the retiring councillor Andrea Rufo in Ward 3 leading up to a council election in which they hope to end Labor's voting majority in the chamber.
Labor councillors called on Cr Church and Cr Robinson to resign.
"He [Cr Church] has had repeated opportunities in the council chamber, and in public, to call out Cr Robinson's disgusting behaviour," they said in a joint statement.
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