May 9, 2012

Political candidates – and their supporters – who deface or remove the roadside signs of their opponents could face criminal charges if caught.

During the recent State election, observed defaced advertising signs for a local candidate and heard anecdotal stories of many signs for other candidates “going missing”.

This continued during the Local Government election campaign where several would-be councillors reported to us that their signs had disappeared or been relocated far away from where they had been originally placed (or tossed into bushland).

In North Queensland, police have taken action after three signs connected with the recent council election were allegedly interfered with.

A Katter’s Australian Party candidate, Damian Byrnes, pleaded not guilty in Cairns Magistrates Court this morning to three counts of wilful damage.

The timber signs were owned by Labor MP Curtis Pitt.

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