[Gary Clarke, Jackie Kelly's husband, caught with dirt on his hands.]
For the latest in illegal Islamic-Panic racist spew from Australia’s reigning bigotocons: the Libs have been busted red-handed letterboxing fake campaign pamphlets in Lindsay, a marginal electorate. The pamphlets, purporting to be from the fictitious “Islamic Australian Federation”, carry the ALP logo. They offer a show of support for the Labor Party as their “preferred party”, alluding to terrorist links and financial support for mosque-building.
I hesitate to call it “muck-raking”, because there’s no muck to rake, except the filth in the Libs’ minds. This is completely concocted.
You can download a PDF copy of pamphlet here. Mispellings and grammatical slips are theirs:
“Muslims supporting Muslims within the community and assisting and showing christian Australian the glorious path to Islam [...]
We gratefully acknowledge Labors support to forgive our Muslim brothers who have been unjustly sentenced to death for the Bali bombings. [...]
Seriously. “Ala Akba”.
Senior party official Jeff Egan was allegedly involved in creating and distributing this, though he strenuously denies distributing it. Confirmed as involved are the husbands of an outgoing MP (Jackie Kelly) and her would-be replacement Karen Chijoff. There have also been allegations that an actual MP was directly involved, but this is unconfirmed. Profoundly ignorant, bigoted, amoral asshats all. We hatessss them.
Liberal Party higher-ups publicly deny all knowledge and condemn such tomfoolery, as does Chijoff.
Jackie Kelly, on the other hand, labelled it a “prank” perpetrated by bored drunk blokes. In the same breath, she said “On first read, it is quite funny!”, shortly before conceding that they probably shouldn’t have done it. Good ol’ Aussie larrikins, no doubt. Can’t we take a joke?
ROLL ON SATURDAY NIGHT. There will be bubbles and whooping. Oh, please let there be bubbles and whooping.
[Note: this is not a genuine ALP pamphlet.]
Adelaide Now: “Husband of Libs candidate quits over race smear scandal” (with video)
news.com.au: “How stakeout found flyers lying about Labor”
ABC World Today: “Liberals embroiled in Lindsay letterbox scam”
The Australia: “Libs dirt tactic exposed”
The Grauniad: “Howard election campaign hit by dirty tricks scandal”
Beeb: “PM Howard condemns fake leaflets”
[hat tip to huckle.]