Socialist Left Labor candidates in Monash University elections have been found guilty of breaching electoral rules after attacking a political rival for her disability in a poster smear campaign during recent elections.
The poster claimed an official of the Union who had fallen out with the dominant Socialist Left grouping “Go” was faking a disability that led her take medical leave from work. Campbell confessed to putting up the poster and Hilakari had endorsed it.
Election returning officer and Greens party member Stephen Luntz found Julian Campbell and his mentor Mat Hilakari guilty of electoral offences and disqualified them both from the election. Campbell was the Socialist Left’s candidate for President of the Monash student union, Hilakari is the incumbent president and was contesting the election to the NUS Conference. Hilakari’s some-time lover, “Bad” Zoe Edwards was believed to be also involved in the hate campaign but has so far not been charged with any offences.
Luntz’s decision was regarded with some astonishment by his colleagues in the ultra-left as many believe his company Above Quota Elections is in the business of delivering a “Socialist-Greens-friendly” vote-counting service.
The electoral tribunal on Friday endorsed Luntz’s finding that Campbell and Hilakari were responsible for the hateful poster campaign but declined to disqualify Campbell from the Presidential ballot instead banning him from all future elections.
Monash University insiders have expressed concern this leaves the student union in the hands of a disgraced figure found guilty of political sledging of the “ugliest and sleaziest” nature. Ironically Campbell professes to be a radically celibate Christian who declines all bodily temptations. As a member of the Monash debating society, he frequently engages in en masse debates.