Pot shots at Democracy! Election signs in paddock peppered with bullet holes

ABOVE: Labor candidate Patrick Deegan has had his signs shot. Photos: Contributed

Susanna Freymark

The lead-up to the Federal election turned ugly when signs belonging to Labor’s Patrick Deegan were shot multiple times.

The signs were vandalised at a property near Grafton.

Mr Deegan is one of 10 candidates for the seat of Page.

A landowner had offered to display his election posters, Mr Deegan said.

“She has reported that the posters were shot at, and are now full of bullet holes.”

“The landowner is upset and worried about their safety.”

The signs in the paddock that were shot.

The Independent candidate Hanabeth Luke said she had come across election vandalism too.

“I had my magnets pinched and a whole lot of posters nicked from Yamba Rd, including from people’s yards,” Ms Luke said.

Mr Deegan said one of the positive aspects of the campaign so far in Page had been the respectful and civilised relationship between all of the candidates.

“It is deeply concerning, however, that there are people prepared to behave in such a reckless and dangerous manner,” he said.

“With just a few days to go until the election is over, I implore everyone to treat each other with kindness and respect.

“There is absolutely no place in our society for political violence and intimidation – of any sort.”

Pollies playing nice: Page candidates Hanbeth Luke (Independent), Patrick Deegan (Labor) , Kashmir Miller (Greens) and Kevin Hogan (Nationals) at Casino pre-polling. Photo: contributed
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