|Fake leaflet action (Lindsay - Penrith Election 2007)
||[Mar. 24th, 2008|08:07 am]
Sky News (Link to article)|
Updated: 07:29, Monday March 24, 2008
The Rudd government has challenged Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson to weed out hard-right members of the Liberal Party, after it was revealed five campaign workers will be charged over an election leaflet scandal last year.
Police have begun legal proceedings against five people, involved in the distribution of the leaflets purporting to be from the non-existent Islamic Australia Federation.
The campaign was designed to help Liberal candidate Karen Chijoff retain the seat of Lindsay which was held by retiring former Howard minister Jackie Kelly.
Ms Kelly's husband Gary Clark and Ms Chijoff's husband Greg Chijoff were caught handing out the pamphlets, which carried the ALP logo and claimed the Labor party wanted the Bali bombers forgiven.
Also involved was Liberal executive official Jeff Egan.
Police have not named the five people who have been charged under Section 328 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act.
The five men will be served notices to appear in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on April 29th and will face a maximum penalty of $1,000.
Labor MP Anthony Albanese is among those calling for Mr Nelson to step in and question how many other people were involved.
'Brendan Nelson must distance himself from this action and must take action to weed out the extreme right wing elements of the NSW Liberal Party, but he appears unable because he's depended on those very same forces to keep him in the leadership of the Liberal Party,' Mr Albanese said.
Islamic groups have also condemned the scandal.
'Anybody who tries to do anything of this sort in the future should know that these are very very serious matters,' said Ikebal Patel, from the Federation of Islamic Councils.