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Sabotage of hundreds of election signs by Greens supporters, a firebomb, a stolen trailer, prosecution of a union member and a protracted offensive against independent candidates by News Ltd’s Cairns Post newspaper so far have marred the 2019 federal election campaign.
Candidates said although they knew they would be ignored or maligned by the Cairns Post, the newspaper’s exceptionally favourable promotion of sitting Liberal member Warren Entsch has gone far beyond expectations.
Entsch was the champion of gay marriage legislation last year which divided the nation on religious principles. Analysis of the plebiscite results since the passing of legislation has revealed the results were dodgy at the very least.
Vote Australia analysed the Australian Electoral Commission database from where the Australian Bureau of Statistics got its addresses. More then 248,000 envelopes marked “return to sender not known at this address” came back to the ABS.
The ABS did not give these names to the AEC enabling it to cleanse the roll.
These fictitious names remain on the electoral roll which allows those having access to these entries to register a dud vote at the federal election, a ploy developed by the Labor and Liberal parties some 30 years ago.
At the last federal election according to the AEC, at least 18,000 persons voted more than once in support of the ALP slogan ‘vote early and vote often comrade.’
The Townsville seat of Herbert, being hotly contested by Clive Palmer, was ‘won’ by the ALP at the last election by just 37 votes.
In spite of hundreds of requests to Prime Minister Morrison from constituents, he has steadfastly refused to follow the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters to make voters provide identification when voting.
Leichardt is a marginal seat and voting fraud could be a lifeline for Warren Entsch or the saviour of ALP candidate and union hack Elida Faith.
Katters Australian Party candidate and charter boat skipper Dan McCarthy now is being attacked through social media by the Electrical Trades Union which is a sure indicator of his surge in the polls.
Once upon a time such election frivolity occurred only in corrupt Asian or African dictatorships, but it seems these tin pot nations had their training upgraded in Australia.
by Jim O’Toole, Townsville bureau
Palmer offers $250,000 to candidates after Qld Nickel collapse left $300m in debts and 800 out of work
by Jim O’Toole in Townsville
The upcoming federal election will be a watershed for minor political parties yet Clive Palmer’s re-branded United Australia Party says it will run candidates in every Queensland seat in spite of the party scoring 4816 votes in the 2016 senate race.
The Palmer candidate in Herbert, the home of Queensland Nickel claimed just 315 votes in the Lower House.
The only attraction for potential pollies is the $250,000 enticement Clive has promised each candidate to spend on their campaign.
For one endorsed candidate in the far northern electorate of Leichardt, it was manna from heaven. Jen Sackley had been out of work but ‘white knight’ Clive, a life-sized remnant of the infamous ‘white shoe brigade’ rode into Cairns tossing around greenbacks like confetti.
Whatever else Clive has to offer remains obscured to the voting public except acknowledgment again he will split the conservative vote thus letting the communists of the Labor Party claw their way into government.
Like One Nation at the 2017 Queensland election, Pauline Hanson ran candidates in nearly every seat but got just one elected and handed the ALP seven south eastern seats and government compliments of her preferences.
Palmer will never attract the numbers of One Nation but even at two per cent he could affect the result in some marginals.
His candidates will be hard-pressed to recover their nomination fees which are repayable after gaining four per cent of the primary vote.
Clive’s recent adventures in Bulgaria visiting his fugitive nephew Clive Mensink should ensure his own campaign will be off the rails before it starts.
Two arrest warrants have been issued for Mensink to appear in the Federal Court in Brisbane over the collapse of Palmer’s Queensland Nickel at Townsville in 2016.
Mensink, the sole director of Qld Nickel when it collapsed, is the subject of an Interpol ‘blue notice’ which triggers a reporting mechanism when he crosses borders.
News Ltd last month revealed Palmer and nine others, including family members, had been making a social visit on October 1 to Mensink in Bulgaria.
News Ltd reported Mensink crossed a remote border on October 9 into Macedonia accompanied by his Bulgarian lawyer.
This border crossing, due to its remoteness was not flagged by Interpol.
Accompanying Palmer on his charter flight from Amsterdam to Bulgaria on October 1, were two witnesses in the Federal Court hearing into where Queensland Nickel’s money disappeared before its collapse.