Poster thugs trash the elec­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - CHRISTINA LYALL, Dar­ling­ton.

CAM­PAIGN­ING for the com­ing State elec­tion is well un­der way with po­lit­i­cal par­ties erect­ing road­side posters, no­ti­fy­ing res­i­dents of their can­di­dates.

Sadly it is be­com­ing ev­i­dent that sup­port­ers have taken to dam­ag­ing and destroying posters of po­lit­i­cal par­ties that they do not sup­port.

As I un­der­stand it (I may be in er­ror) it might be an of­fence un­der the Elec­toral Act for a per­son to dam­age or de­face elec­toral ma­te­rial. Even if it is not an of­fence, it cer­tainly does not en­hance the rep­u­ta­tion of the po­lit­i­cal party of the peo­ple who de­stroy posters.

We have ob­served sev­eral elec­tions over the re­cent past, here and over­seas. Those cam­paigns have been vi­o­lent and vit­ri­olic and in case the ma­jor par­ties and their sup­port­ers haven't no­ticed we are fed up with neg­a­tive, spite­ful and de­struc­tive cam­paign­ing.

Can the politi­cians, and more im­por­tantly their sup­port­ers, just give us a break and al­low the cam­paign to be con­ducted with de­cency and some level of in­tel­li­gence and in­tegrity? Can they leave out sly, de­ceit­ful be­hav­iour like this?

It doesn't en­hance the rep­u­ta­tion of your can­di­date to de­stroy the elec­toral process.

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