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Mud continues to be thrown in the battle for the seat of Melbourne, with the ALP threatening to take Greens MP Adam Bandt to the electoral commission for “false and misleading information”.
Labor vice-president and state MP, Jane Garrett, says the party is considering taking Mr Bandt to the AEC over a letter he wrote to the electorate accusing the ALP of doing a preference swap with the Liberal Party.
The Greens say the threat is an example of how desperate the ALP is becoming in the election.
Mr Bandt recently wrote: “It’s no wonder that here in Melbourne, according to The Age, Labor and Tony Abbott have worked on a preference deal in an attempt to lock the Greens out of the Parliament.”
Ms Garrett said it was an appalling display from the Greens, saying the party was making things up in an attempt to save his political skin.
“The ALP is investigating options including referring the matter to the Australian Electoral Commission on the grounds of false and misleading material,” Ms Garrett said.
“It comes in a long line of dodgy claims from Adam Bandt, including claiming credit for the NDIS and education reforms, making these false claims from a party that has done a preference deal with Clive Palmer’s coal party demonstrates an air of desperation.”
Mr Bandt said the statement was a desperate last-minute attempt to distract from their preference deal with the Liberals.
“Senior Labor MP Michael Danby’s statements as far back as 2011 have been crystal clear, offering to preference the Liberals above the Greens in Melbourne Ports if the Liberals preferenced Labor in Melbourne, and that is exactly what has happened. It’s hard to imagine a clearer example of an agreement,” Mr Bandt said.
“Labor is also preferencing the Liberals in Mallee as was predicted by The Age when it reported on the Labor-Liberal preference deal earlier in the year.”
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