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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 01:23 PM
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Howard (AUS) election campaign hit by dirty tricks scandal
Howard election campaign hit by dirty tricks scandal


See the fake leaflet (pdf)

Barbara McMahon in Sydney
Thursday November 22, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

The husband of the Australian Liberal MP Jackie Kelly is captured distributing fake election flyers purporting to be from an Islamic group calling on people to vote for the opposition Labor party
The husband of the Australian Liberal MP Jackie Kelly is captured distributing fake election flyers purporting to be from an Islamic group calling on people to vote for the opposition Labor party. Photograph: Australian Labor party/EPA


The election strategy of the Australian prime minister, John Howard, was in turmoil today after members of his Liberal party were caught red-handed in an inept dirty tricks campaign.

Bogus flyers from a fake organisation called the Islamic Australia Federation were distributed through the letterboxes of voters in a marginal seat, claiming the Labor opposition sympathised with Islamic terrorists.

The leaflets referred to the men imprisoned for the 2002 nightclub bomb attacks in Bali, which left more than 200 people dead. The flyers also claimed Labor support for the building of new mosques in the area.

Howard has made it clear the stunt was not authorised by his party, but the damage has been immense. With only two days to go before the country goes to the polls, it overshadowed the prime minister's final rallying call to voters today asking them to trust him with Australia's future.

A team of Labor officials found five men posting the clumsily printed flyers - the phrase Allah Akbar, God is Great, had been misspelled as Ala Akba - through letterboxes in the early hours of the morning.

The members of the Liberal party involved in the deed, in the key marginal seat of Lindsay, near Sydney, included the husbands of a retiring candidate and her replacement. They said later that their wives had not been aware of what they were doing.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/australia/story/0,,2215159,00...
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Snarkoleptic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 01:28 PM
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1. So that's where Turdblossom has been plying his trade.
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Esra Star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-23-07 03:00 PM
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2. Hoist on their own petar.
The best election tracker is the ABC site.

http://www.abc.net.au/elections/federal/2007 /


Polling booths open in 1 hour.
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