State Labor MP Don Nardella has accused the Liberal Party organisation of secretly employing a former employee who was sacked after being exposed as an anti-semite.
Chandler admitted sending an email in response to a request from a candidate (who happened to be Jewish) for more campaign material.
From: Susan Chandler
Sent: Friday, 19 October 2007 11.21am
To: John Osborn
Subject: RE: more flyers, please…
greedy f***ing jew
Nardella claimed yesterday that the anti-semite was being warehoused and seems keen to blame Julian Sheezel:
Then there was the blogging scandal which occurred under Mr Sheezelâ€™s watch. During the blogging scandal a shameful, anti-Semitic email from Susan Chandler
emerged. Julian Sheezel advised the media that Ms Chandler had resigned and that had she not resigned, she would have been fired. Sadly I am forced to reveal that this was a blatant and cynical lie. A major Liberal Party supplier under Mr Sheezel was DPA Document Printing Australia Pty Ltd. It received the lucrative contract to print how-to-vote cards in the last federal election and the Kororoit by-election of a couple of months ago.
Immediately on leaving the Liberal Party, Ms Chandler was employed by the company. How it happened and on what basis has now become a matter of open gossip within the Liberal Party. It has been alleged by certain Liberals that Ms Chandler was immediately re-employed by Mr Sheezel through an artificial mechanism. It is alleged that Mr Sheezel organised for DPA Document Printing Australia to place Ms Chandler on its books and to covertly invoice the Liberal Party for the cost of her wages while continuing to work at the day-to-day direction of the Liberal Party, including right through the recently held Gippsland by-election to this very day. Should this allegation be true, it is a gross insult to Liberal Party members, Victorians and, most importantly, members of Australiaâ€™s Jewish community, all of whom have been lied to.
Chandler is of course an ally of the Baillieu faction and wasn’t seen as particularly close with the Costello-aligned Sheezel at 104 Exhibition Street.
Donato was certainly all fired up in the House yesterday and took time out to pay special attention to a website run by his fellow heavy metal music fan and former upper house Liberal MP Peter Katsambanis.
He claimed and VEXNEWS can confirm that Katsambanis is the author of the blog which occasionally dares to tell the truth about Ted Baillieu. The one-time tough on crime parliamentarian also came to public attention when dissing the Police for using capsicum spray at the tennis in an attempt to subdue a surly crowd. “Big Kat” was in the crowd, leading him to shed tears for the first time since dropping a sledgehammer on his toes in the early 90s. His blog explains the rest. Not satisfied with that, Katsambanis even started contributing pieces to the left-wing press denouncing VicPol for over-reacting and giving the cops a real spray.
The civil libertarian told The Age’s Police-hating readership:
So how did the Australian Open with its motto “Where the world comes to play” become the place where the Victoria Police come to spray?
…the police chose to use capsicum spray on the offenders, blatantly disregarding the safety of all spectators in the arena.
What were the police thinking? Did they contemplate the potentially dangerous consequences of their actions before they acted in this way?
Many regard the Liberal party as struggling to cope with the challenges it faces. With even its supposedly tough-minded ultra-right-wing nationalist faction willing to attack the motivations of Police officers, it is truly puzzling to behold some in the Victorian division of the supposedly conservative party believe in.
A combination of anti-semitism and contempt for Victoria Police does not make the most attractive image for the 2010 election.
Indeed, the Herald Sun – in an article contemplating future changes in the government – today wrote:
Liberal leader Ted Baillieu, meanwhile, faces his own challenges thanks to an ageing team and nearly a decade in the political wilderness.
Baillieu’s challenges are immense. The 2010 election is an incredible opportunity for him and his party. But there seems to be a lack of hunger, a noblesse oblige attitude of the kind we saw on display with his off-the-cuff reaction to the furore of a photographer being shown around a primary school looking for nude model talent. He saw no problem with it.
His shooting off of his mouth on Henson deprived him of traction. The same day he’d observed that:
“Kids deserve the basics. Every child has got a father and mother and I think that ought to be the starting point.”
That’s what most people believe. It might not be politically correct. It might not pass muster at a staff meeting in Attorney-General Rob Hulls office. But it’s the majority view in the community.
Some say Baillieu was pressured into this position by a number of his colleagues fed up with his latte left approach on many issues.
Either way, he squandered the opportunity to politically benefit from taking a populist conservative position on the issue.