27 June – CORFLUTES, billboards and banners are the latest victims in the race for New England, with several sides claiming they’re being targeted by vandals.
The Nationals New England campaign team yesterday complained 800 posters had been damaged or vandalised with slogans and photos across the electorate.
However, police said there had been no report made of 800 posters damaged, but a handful of incidents had been reported in recent weeks.
New England Inspector Chris McKinnon said, in addition to Barnaby Joyce’s posters being de-faced, there had been a report to police about independent Tony Windsor-branded corflutes being stolen in Armidale.
“We have received reports of signs being damaged or stolen from various candidates,” he said.
“It is an offence to de-face, damage or steal a sign and inquiries are continuing.”
28 – Motorists along busy Gympie Rd, Strathpine seeing Peter Dutton’s new billboard would have read that the Immigration Minister “kills people in concentration camps” on the LNP campaign billboard of a smiling Mr Dutton with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The billboard also said Mr Dutton “does not represent you”.