Purple envelopes from The Nationals in Mallee not a rule breach

The Australian Electoral
Commission says envelopes sent by
The Nationals claiming to contain
“important electoral information”
– written in the Australian Electoral
Commission’s colour purple –
aren’t a breach of the rules.

The Australian Electoral Commission says envelopes sent by The Nationals claiming to contain “important electoral information” – written in the Australian Electoral Commission’s colour purple – aren’t a breach of the rules.

ENVELOPES sent by The Nationals claiming to contain “important electoral information” – written in the Australian Electoral Commission’s colour purple – aren’t a breach of rules.

Delivered to households across Mallee this week, the envelopes featured no party or candidate identification, or an authorisation, on the outside.

Inside, however, was a brochure spruiking Nationals candidate Anne Webster.

According to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), the envelope cannot be considered electoral matter on its own, so no authorisation was required on the outside.

The material inside the envelope did have an authorisation printed.

There was also nothing preventing anyone from marking an envelope with “important electoral information” or using the colour purple.

An AEC spokesman said no complaints had been received about the material as of Monday.

The envelopes are part of a last-minute Nationals’ advertising blitz in Mallee.

Sunraysia residents this week reported receiving robocalls from transport identity Ken Wakefield supporting Dr Webster.

In other parts of the electorate, similar calls from state MPs Peter Walsh and Emma Kealy have been reported.

This story appears in Thursday's Sunraysia Daily 16/05/2019. To subscribe to our Digital Edition click here

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