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tributors could be looking at a 10 penalty point
fine per individual.
One penalty point equates to $155, bringing
the total fine to $1550.
Strzelecki candidate Jim Forbes shared
the form guide on Facebook, but was not ap-
proached by the Victorian Electoral Commis-
sion to remove it.
“I thought it was witty. It’s a very clever piece
of satire that covers all 32 candidates,” he said.
“I don’t think it will have an effect on vot-
ers. I think how to vote cards are more likely to
have an effect on the election. If a form guide
was going to influence an election, there be one
published for every state, federal and local gov-
However, other candidates felt the unauthor-
ised form guide would sway voters. Cr Don Hill
said the document was humorous, but found it
strange that it favoured a group of councillors.
“I find the conduct of some of the candidates
ludicrous and I have no problem with the Victori-
an Electoral Commission investigating the docu-
ment,” he said.
Cr Andrew McEwen the form guide was criti-
cal of anyone standing for change and reform in
“A series of complaints about candidates
displaying and distributing illegal and defama-
tory brochures has been lodged with the Vic-
torian Electoral Commission. It is a sad day
when some members of the majority group
stoop so low, but it is consistent with them
playing the man and not the ball,” he said.
Although accepting it was a joke, Tarwin Valley
candidate Graeme Heath also feared the form
guide would have repercussions.
“There are some underlying truths and people
may take it as gospel. I’m hoping it is not used as
a voting formula,” he said.
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By Tayla Kershaw
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council candi-
dates are calling for those who have dis-
tributed an alleged ‘illegal’ election doc-
ument to be disqualified from the vote.
A satirical form guide circulating in South
Gippsland sparked the controversy.
While many agreed it was cleverly written, oth-
ers felt the form guide was nasty, derogative and
trivialised the major issues in South Gippsland.
The document treats the election as a horse
race, and describes each candidate’s likelihood of
making it over the line.
The front of the document also deters voters
from voting for anyone who has appeared on a
joint how to vote card.
Strzelecki Ward candidate David Amor is one
of the candidates calling for disqualification.
“I’m appalled and annoyed that this has hap-
pened. It should never have happened,” he said.
“At first I saw it as comical. You immediately
look for your name and I found they called me
a ‘windsucker’ and I might as well be a donkey
vote. A small part of it is clever, but 80 percent of
it strips candidates of their dignity.
“I think the candidates involved should be dis-
qualified. We should all be in the same boat in this
Incumbent councillors Lorraine Brunt and Jim
Fawcett have been accused of being involved but
have denied the allegations.
Cr Brunt refuted claims she was caught dis-
tributing the document on a CCTV camera in
• Cr Don Hill.
Messy track for election race
“I am being accused because of a grainy pho-
tograph. It’s not me and I someday I will prove it,”
Cr Brunt said.
“I think someone was just being clever and has
a big sense of humour, but I have received quite
Cr Fawcett agreed it was a bit of fun and de-
nied accusations of placing the form guide in the
window of his business.
According the Victorian Electoral Commis-
sion, it is unlikely the candidates would be dis-
qualified if they were caught with the document.
However, if a formal investigation found the
document to be unauthorised and misleading, dis-
• Cr Jim Fawcett.
• Cr Lorraine Brunt.
LAST Tuesday, October 4, I read your
article and the correspondence relating
to the group how to vote card for Tarwin
Valley Ward headed and authorised by
Last Wednesday I received a group how to vote
card for the Strzelecki Ward headed and authorised by
The format of the two cards is exactly the same
except that Andrew McEwen has the support of four
other candidates rather than five.
At Korumburra on September 28 there was a
question from the floor as to preferences.
Candidates Jim Forbes, Lorraine Brunt and Bob
Newton each said they were standing independently and
not listing preferences. The other candidates indicated
they were listing preferences.
However neither Andrew McEwen nor any of the
other four candidates on the group card stated they were
participating in a group how to vote card.
Why weren’t they open and frank about it? Those
in attendance both the audience and other candidates
The other matter I find curious is the group how
to vote card was totally overshadowed by the other
contents of the envelope which were clearly designed
Voters: make up own minds
to grab the attention, namely the glossy full page (both
sides) vibrantly coloured brochure demanding vote one
for Andrew McEwen and a smaller brochure with colour
photo of Frank Hirst.
Ask yourselves, do the candidates Viv Pepper,
David Wanless, Frank Hirst and David Amor seriously
seek a number one vote as they claim when they allow
their material to be so overshadowed or is there another
Ignore the group how to vote cards and make your
own independent decisions as in previous elections.
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