Christian Porter’s federal election signs slashed

Christian Porter’s federal election signs slashed

ON the back of an apparent arson attack against Andrew Hastie’s election bus in Oakford, a number of Christian Porter’s election banners have been slashed with box cutters in the Swan Valley and Northam.

The Member for Pearce said it was a cowardly act.

“Instead of being part of the discussions about what’s important in a competitive healthy democracy, opponents of the Liberal campaign resort to damaging property in the dead of night,” he said.

“My banners are paid for with small donations from people across my electorate who believe in what the Liberal Government is doing.”

Mr Porter said that while the major parties had decided to halt campaigning and advertising on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, these vandals had other ideas.

“These criminals spent their Easter long weekend driving around looking for property to destroy,” he said.

“The people whose homes and business are displaying my signs are exercising their democratic right but when thugs turn to vandalism and criminal acts to assert their views they are essentially taking that right away from them and making every day, decent Australians fearful.

“Unfortunately we are seeing more and more of this type of behaviour.

“It absolutely flies in the face of our democracy and it has got to stop.

“People shouldn’t be fearful of their property being damaged because they hold an opposing view to someone else.”

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