The Federal Court has ordered green signs urging voters to ‘put Labor last’ removed from polling stations in Melbourne after a Labor Party protest on Election Day.

In a letter to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), Labor said members of its campaign team saw people they believed to be on the Liberal campaign team putting up the green signs in polling booths. Higgins.

The ALP said the posters had also been put up in the constituencies of McEwen and Hawke, both located on the peri-urban outskirts of Melbourne.

In a post on Twitter, the Greens called the signs “desperate tricks”.

Signs say they are licensed by a Hendrick Fourey of the Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Union.

The union’s website says the group was formed in 2019 and “brings together and represents small and medium-sized business owners and entrepreneurs”.

Labor said it was seeking a Federal Court injunction to remove the signs.

MP for Higgins Katie Allen denied any knowledge of the signs, while the Liberal Party of Victoria said it did not allow election materials.

The AEC confirmed with the ABC that it had received a complaint about the signs and was looking into the matter.

The commission said it had no legal means to immediately remove the material without an injunction.

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Anthony Albanese starts Election Day in the seat of Higgins.

Higgins’ electorate was held by liberal Katie Allen with a 2.6% margin after the 2019 ballot.

The seat in Melbourne’s inner southeast has been held by the Liberal Party since its inception in 1949 and was held by two former prime ministers – John Gorton and Harold Holt.

Traditionally a safe Liberal seat, Higgins – like many inner-city Melbourne voters – has seen a surge in support for the Greens in recent years.

Dr Allen is challenged by Labor candidate Michelle Ananda-Rajah, a doctor, and Greens candidate Sonya Semmens, who works in the non-profit sector.

Liberal Party sues Chinese-language posters

The Liberal Party has filed its own complaint with the AEC over the signage at the Melbourne headquarters in Kooyong.

The complaint states that independent candidate Monique Ryan’s voting cards and corflutes are written in Chinese, but are only permitted in English.

If the election material is in another language, the AEC requirements state that the authorization must be notified in both English and the language used.

The AEC told the ABC that it is aware of the authorizations and understands that rectifications are being put in place to have the complete and proper authorization statement on the products.

A spokesperson for Dr Ryan denied the allegations and said clearance requirements on all election materials had been met.

“All Chinese election campaign materials used by Dr. Ryan’s campaign, including How to Vote cards, are properly authorized in the appropriate languages,” the spokesperson said.

An election sign for Monique Ryan in Chinese
Chinese language corflutes at Kooyong Headquarters are permitted by Monique Ryan in English only.(ABC News: Danielle Bonica)

Kooyong’s seat is expected to be hotly contested, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg facing a challenge from Dr. Ryan.

Dr Ryan is one of 23 ‘teal’ independents running under the banner of the Climate 200 group, funded by billionaire activist Simon Holmes à Court.

The election campaign was marred by breaches of Commonwealth Elections Law.

Signs authorized by conservative lobby group Advance Australia misrepresented independent candidates David Pocock and Zali Steggall as members of the Greens.

In 2019, a senior Liberal Party official in Victoria admitted in court that the Chinese-language signs used in two Melbourne headquarters were designed to give the appearance of official AEC material.


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