The seat of Marrickville went down to the wire, with Labor’s Carmel Tebbutt winning re-election with a gap of just 632 votes over Greens candidate Fiona Byrne. The two-party preferred vote is 50.9% to 49.1%, making the seat of Marrickville an ‘ultra-marginal’.
Unfortunately the election campaign was one of the dirtiest on record, with wide-spread push polling, attack posters, nasty stickers accusing the Greens of ‘hating gays’ and ‘supporting terror’, and anonymous (illegal under the Electoral Act) leaflets making outrageous claims about Greens policies left on many car’s windscreens in the dead of night.
Under the NSW Electoral Act, all electoral material (seeking to influence how people vote), must be authorised by a real person at a real street address (not PO Box), and with a printers address.
At 3am on Friday morning before election day, these people were caught putting up illegal material. The police are currently investigating. They are believe to have come from Southern Sydney to push their dirty anonymous politics on Marrickville voters. Please let us know if you who these people are.