Photographs obtained by VEXNEWS clearly show Newton-Brown, a barrister, speaking in front of the effigy, which later had a noose put around its head and was apparently decapitated during the rally.
Shop-keepers in the inner-city, particularly in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, have been protesting about a government decision to ban street parking on major roads during peak hour to increase the flow of traffic in and out of the city.
Some believe the distress over the issue could be enough to finally get Clem Newton-Brown, a regular contender for public office, elected in the marginal state seat.
Heâ€™ll need to exercise much better judgment if heâ€™s ever going to prevail.
His involvement in this rally is a first-class disgrace and a major setback to his campaign.