Dirty stuff campaign hits new low as FAKE election signs go up near grave where candidate buried her husband weeks earlier
- A dummy sign of an independent candidate appeared with a Greens logo
- It was set up at the cemetery where Penny Ackery had just buried her husband
- The signaling offensive also targeted other independents across the state.
- Independents Zali Steggall, Monique Ryan, Sophie Scamps were also attacked
Fake election posters have been pasted up at the cemetery where an independent candidate buried her husband a few weeks ago.
The doctored posters of Penny Ackery, independent candidate for Hume’s NSW electorate, had a Greens party crest added next to her picture.
Ackery, who lost her husband John Steel to cancer last month, expressed her disgust on Twitter at the heartless election dirty trick.
Hume’s independent electorate were disgusted by the signage (pictured) which was put up at the cemetery where she buried her husband, ‘weeks ago’
The message read that the campaign against her and others was ‘coordinated’ and ‘senseless’
“This is a cowardly and senseless attack. Fake signs have been placed on the very fence of the cemetery where I buried my husband just a few weeks ago,” his message read.
“Spread false information about #independents as part of a coordinated campaign.
It comes as the Australian Electoral Commission launched an investigation after a series of similar posters appeared in various headquarters across the state.
Other electorates that fell victim to the onslaught on independents – calling them green candidates – included the NSW electorates of Mackellar, Warringah and Hughes.
Fabricated images of independents Zali Steggall, Sophie Scamps and Georgia Steele wearing the Greens party logo all appeared overnight in their areas.
Election law requires election propaganda to have an authorized statement, which is absent from these posters – some of which relate to legitimate candidate signage.
Zali Steggall copied it, with a sign (pictured) appearing in her Warringah electorate
Large stickers were found pasted on the placards of independent candidate Monique Ryan, who is fighting for the Melbourne electorate in Kooyong – held by Josh Frydenberg.
A sticker with a picture of Ryan with Albanians said, “vote Ryan and you get a job”, with a caption on Ryan saying, “You go Albo”.
Greens leader Adam Bandt said the posters had no affiliation with the party and whoever was behind the stunt had “committed a criminal act”.
The AEC said it had received several reports and complaints about the fake posters and would take them “extremely seriously”.
Mackellar’s independent candidate had faked posters (pictured) showing her membership in the Greens party
A spokesperson added: “This appears to be unauthorized posting in breach of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.
“We are working to find information on who is behind the signage.”
The Advance Australia party was blamed on social media for the bogus poster campaign after carrying out a similar strategy on side poster trucks, but party leaders have strongly denied the allegation.
The party is a conservative group that advocates building Australia’s military muscle as well as the nation’s reliance on nuclear energy.