Liberals ‘lied’ over claims Labor would raze homes for O-bahn
LIBERAL Party flyers and a petition claiming the Opposition has a plan to demolish dozens of homes to make way for an O-bahn extension have been labelled “misleading and inaccurate” by the Electoral Commissioner.
The commissioner has ordered Liberal Party state director Sascha Meldrum to distribute new material, including letterboxing the northeast suburbs with fresh flyers, admitting the claim was incorrect.
Labor’s government accountability spokesman Tom Koutsantonis said: “The Liberals have been caught redhanded spreading lies across the northeastern suburbs. This was a blatant attempt by the Liberal Party to frighten people into believing their home could be demolished – it doesn’t get more disgraceful than that.”
The flyers wrongly claimed Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas supported a plan to demolish dozens of homes.
“Don’t let Peter Malinauskas and State Labor destroy your home,” they read.
Commissioner Mick Sherry also ruled that a petition form linked to the material via a QR code was also inaccurate.
It suggested a decision had been made to demolish homes that required a petition to reverse it, and that filling in the form would help achieve that.
The commissioner ordered Ms Meldrum cease publishing the incorrect statements and publish corrective material “as soon as possible in the same manner and to the same extent”.
She must acknowledge that Labor has “indicated it would support an investigation of the relevant options” for extending the O-bahn, but that it has “no current plan to do so” and therefore no plan to demolish homes. Ms Meldrum said her party was “taking advice” on the matter.