Newsrooms should beware of a flurry of Labor lies that will flood their inboxes over the remaining 16 days of the State Election campaign.
Yesterday, Minister Koutsantonis distributed a media release with the headline “Liberal leader set to dodge another debate” which stated:
“Liberal leader Steven Marshall is set to dodge another showdown with Premier Jay Weatherill after agreeing to a $1000 a head fundraiser instead of taking part in a scheduled Sky News/Adelaide Now debate on Tuesday, 4 March.”
This is a blatant lie.
Over the next 16 days, it is clear that Premier Weatherill and his Labor Ministers will continue to engage in dodgy campaign tactics and dirty tricks.
“Sadly, South Australians have come to expect lies, dodgy campaign tactics and dirty tricks from Mr Weatherill and Labor,” said Liberal spokesman Rob Lucas.
“At the last State Election, Labor handed out dodgy how-to-vote cards on polling day, and 12 days into this election campaign, we have already seen a number of dodgy campaign tactics from Labor, including:
• Labor Member for Colton, Paul Caica, putting up election posters on the Friday morning before election writs were issued;
• Labor candidate for Reynell, Katrine Hildyard, forced to apologise over dodgy “Sorry I missed you” doorknocking cards, where members of her campaign had forged her signature;
• Labor Party member and Assistant Secretary of the Housing Trust Tenants’ Association, Julie Macdonald, distributing a letter to housing trust tenants claiming the Liberals will force tenants from their homes if elected. Another lie; and,
• Labor candidate for Elder, Annabel Digance, distributing a letter to constituents claiming the Liberals would cut funding to sick babies. Another lie.
“Because Mr Weatherill and Labor can’t stand on their record of government over the past 12 long years, they’ve resorted to lies in this election campaign in a desperate attempt to govern for another four years,” said Mr Lucas.
“It’s pathetic, desperate and dodgy and South Australians deserve better.
“Newsrooms beware – Labor lies will continue over the next 16 days!”