Mr Yates said that he had suffered repeated petty and vindictive treatment from the local Council and had been forced to refer the issue to the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Electoral Commission.
Mr Yates has also issued a Freedom of Information request to the Boroondara Council, calling on them to immediately release any and all information between the Liberal Party, the office of Josh Frydenberg and other Liberal Party offices and the Council.
The issue relates to the Oliver Yates campaign, faced with a limited advertising budget, purchasing four small garden trailers to place strategically around the electorate to display signage .
Oliver Yates said that the Liberal Party is getting desperate in Kooyong, after internal polling shows that Josh Frydenberg could lose the election after dropping 16 points since the previous election.
The Liberal Party has responded with an outrageous flyer that has hit every mailbox, attempting to smear the independent candidate.
The leaflet, which would have cost over $30,000 to print and distribute, is all about a former role that Oliver had as a board member of a company called Linc Energy.
The leaflet refers to environmental damage caused by the Linc Energy. Oliver has had a detailed response to this issue on his website at https://www.oliveryates.com/faqs since the beginning of the campaign, as this has consistently been used as an attempt by the Liberal Party to smear him. The environmental matters are well known by the Liberal Party, since they were responsible for approving and regulating the project.
Mr Yates said, “we’ve been expecting this backlash as we gain momentum in this election campaign”.
“The Liberal Party is getting extremely desperate, because their primary vote is now so low that they could lose this former blue-ribbon seat and unseat a sitting Federal Treasurer. It’s dropped 16 points since last election and Mr Frydenberg is stooping to do and say anything he can to keep his job.
“But it’s exactly these sorts of tactics which are turning people off the Liberal Party. They have no integrity.
“I am happy to put my record on the environment next to Josh Frydenberg’s. He is the man who as Environment Minister couldn’t get an energy policy through his Liberal Party and constantly lies about his Government’s environmental performance, while in every year of his Government, carbon emissions have increased.
“A desperate Liberal Party will say anything, do anything and pay anything to hold on to power. It’s sick really, and I urge people to send them a message that this kind of rubbish in their letter boxes comes at a cost”, said Mr Yates.
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