The Greens partyâ€™s campaign in Brunswick has been linked to a forged letter purporting to be from Labor MP Carlo Carli that had him declaring Victoria to be the â€˜freeway stateâ€™ and talking up roads spending, which is presumably not a popular cause in the left-leaning inner-urban electorate.
The letter titled â€˜make sh*t happenâ€™ was distributed to hundreds of homes in Brunswick last week.
The document has been referred to the authorities. We cannot republish the letter in full, for legal reasons, which could form the basis of a criminal investigation into the Cyndi Dawes Greens party campaign.
Political observers believe the Greens partyâ€™s ultra-left heritage means they will frequently resort to dishonest campaign techniques like this.
â€œCyndi Dawes cut her teeth in extreme-left student politics with members of the Communist Party before joining Laborâ€™s Socialist Left and then moving on to the Greensâ€ one explained.
This week, a left-wing email newsletter detailed very damaging news about Dawesâ€™ past involvement as a spinner and consultant for the governmentâ€™s controversial Myki ticketing system. VEXNEWS has learned her salary was in excess of $100,000.
Everyoneâ€™s gotta eat and she didnâ€™t invent the system but what smells very bad for the Greens candidate on an ethical basis is the contrast between her public statements on ticketing system then and now. What she once spruiked, she now slags.
Her Labor opponent mayor Jane Garrett â€“ who looks like sheâ€™s going to have a red hot go at stemming the extreme-left Greens party tide â€“ has directly slammed Dawes for hypocrisy over Myki because Dawes is now a strident public opponent of the ticketing system she once spruiked.
Andrew Crook, for the left-wing email newsletter, quoted people who detailed Dawesâ€™ shady spining past where she is accused of lying to the elderly about free tickets that never came:
According to Mervyn Senn, the recently-retired president of National Seniors Australia’s Doncaster branch, Dawes was effusive in her recommendation of Myki when she travelled to the suburbs last year to sell the system, with offers of free travel.
“She was very supportive of Myki, people were looking forward to what would happen after that because she said they’d be getting free tickets for a month but they never did … she made a presentation saying that it’s coming into effect next year, she said it was so much easier than the present system that they have now, you just press your card against some little gadget there and it’ll work out for you. She talked about all the details and was very impressive,” he saidâ€¦ At a similar roadshow in Camberwell in Feburary, seniors were chuffed that Dawes “was able to reassure us about the operation of the system as far as giving the best cost deal for seniors”.
The Greens have been highly critical of the ticketing system, with aspiring state Public Transport Minister Greg Barber demanding an inquiry and echoing criticisms that have been made of it without proposing an alternative, according to Labor strategists. Until yesterday, the Greens own involvement in Myki had not been revealed.
Dawes appears to us as a careerist, cynical political hack whose record as a sneaky spin-doctor and having campaigners engaged in criminal activities like forgery is going to make the Brunswick campaign one of the sleaziest ever.