NSW Liberal candidates and campaigners have been warned by senior party officials to be on-guard for secret Labor â€œstoogesâ€ attempting to incite them into saying disparaging things about migrants, Muslims, mosques, asylum seekers, islamic schools or other issues of racial sensitivity and recording these statements on digital recorders for release to the media.
Nominations close today meaning that the party would no longer have the option of quickly disendorsing and replacing candidates caught in a race-row, a Liberal insider explained to VEXNEWS hoping we could help get the word out too. They fear rumours doing the rounds of a group recruited from ALP branches and Young Labor has been trained to sound like a convincing local in a number of seats, in order to deceive Liberal campaigners and encourage them to speak freely.
â€œVoters do approach you saying the most outrageous things and you donâ€™t want to insult them or argue but Liberal candidates and campaign workers need to be on their guard to never agree with or endorse any racially vilifying or discriminatory statement from anyone who looks like a constituent, under any circumstances. We believe that Labor has a number of stooges working in seats like Lindsay attempting to entrap Liberal candidates and campaign workers in this way. We need to be very careful of Labor dirty tricks,â€ he urged.
â€œOne candidate has expressed fears that he might have been recorded by someone at a train station and itâ€™s definitely causing concern.â€
The fears follow the disendorsement of NSW Liberal candidate David Barker for making anti-Muslim statements on Facebook and tweeted accusations about another Liberal candidate (in Greenway) Jaymes Diaz, which he strongly denied.
One senior Labor source familiar with the Lindsay campaign denied they were orchestrating any such sneak-campaign following their success in 2007 in apprehending the former Liberal incumbentâ€™s husband who was caught distributing false Labor electoral material calculated to incite racial hatred. The intelligence that enabled Labor to expose Liberal involvement in the scandal is believed to have come from within the Liberal party itself.
But the Liberals are taking no chances, VEXNEWS understands, given how easy it is these days to secrete a digital audio recorder and microphone and obtain excellent quality even in crowded and outdoor situations.