Despite Greens party Brunswick candidate Cyndi Dawes telling voters she had nothing to do with the forgery of a letter from Carlo Carli, the outgoing Labor MP, her campaignâ€™s links to the criminal campaigning can now be confirmed.
Dawes is a former well-paid spin-doctor for the controversial Myki ticketing system and got into trouble recently when she was caught out attacking the system she was once paid to spruik.
A seniors groupâ€™s website reveals she was once very enthusiastic about Myki:
At our February meeting we were treated to a great talk by Cyndi from the Transport Ticketing Authority. She was able to reassure us about the operation of the system as far as giving the best cost deal for Seniors. However she said if you travel mostly by tram it is not going to be available for some little time. Everyone was most appreciative of her presentation and her answering of the questions.
VEXNEWS has learned that Dawesâ€™ close political ally Mike Puleston (her former campaign manager in 2006 for her failed bid for the Brunswick seat) is a person of interest in the investigation relating to the false documents.
Puleston â€“ an elderly former ALP member like Dawes â€“ is a serial letter-writer and self-described â€œratbagâ€ who appears to have all but publicly incriminated himself via the letters to the editor page of a local journal. Puleston writes very often to the local papers, usually without identifying himself as a Greens party hack, although after complaints most started printing the disclosure that he is a Greens party member.
Leaked emails from disgruntled Greens party members during the federal campaign exposed a systematic attempt by their party leadership to manipulate and saturate letters to the editor pages and talkback radio with disguised party apparatchiks. Itâ€™s good to see it doesnâ€™t always go undetected.
Prior toÂ the forgery being distributed, Puleston wrote a letter to the local Fairfax weekly, The Melbourne Times commenting on a letter written by Carli titled â€œMake It Happen.â€
The forged leaflet was distributed on or around the 8th of October and it has been confirmed that the Melbourne Times received Pulestonâ€™s letter prior to that giving rise to an active suspicion he was knowingly concerned in the creation of the false documents.
TMT was published on October 13th.
These circumstances point to Cyndi Dawesâ€™ ally Pulestonâ€™s fore-knowledge of the crime.
Puleston has form for doing ill-advised things. Previously, Dawesâ€™ campaign strategist equated Labor scrutineers with Nazis in an official Greens party publication.
The senior Greens activist in Brunswick has repeatedly called for the nationalisation of power stations, banks and transport companies and seems like a slightly less than reconstructed Marxist. As Cyndi Dawesâ€™ previous campaign manager, he is a trusted confidant of the Greens party candidate and it is hard to imagine he acted unilaterally or without her blessing.
When confronted by The Melbourne Times over the matter, Puleston said he had not seen the fake letter and claimed â€œthe Greens wouldnâ€™t go in for that sort of thing.â€ The Nixon White House might have referred to Pulestonâ€™s statement as a â€œnon-denial denial,â€ we doubt the authorities will be put off the scent by the old blokeâ€™s clumsy stupidity and a cynical candidateâ€™s lack of morality.