Labor Party "bully" accused of taunting LNP volunteers

MICHELLE Landry says a Labor Party "bully" has been racially taunting, abusing and intimidating LNP volunteers at pre-polling booths.

The LNP candidate for Capricornia said the volunteers, several of whom are women in their 70s, were targeted in Rockhampton on Monday and Yeppoon on Tuesday.

"This is unacceptable behaviour," Ms Landry said. "There is no need to intimidate people. He has made some of the older ladies feel uneasy."

Ms Landry said the man, who appeared to be in his late 30s, also abused voters who did not accept the ALP how-to-vote cards he was distributing.

The ALP moved swiftly to address the issue, with candidate Peter Freeleagus saying yesterday that a volunteer had been moved off polling booth duty.

"All campaign volunteers are aware of how they must behave when performing polling duties," he said. "I will not condone any behaviour that does not comply with these standards."

Ms Landry said she had not experienced this type of aggression before.

"There is no need for it," she said. "I've done polling booths for years and generally everyone gets on quite well.

"This man was really rude to my girls. He also made derogatory remarks to one of them because she was a New Zealander.

"He was harassing them so much yesterday (Tuesday) that someone from his side had to step in and sort it out."

Ms Landry plans to lodge a formal complaint with the Australian Electoral Commission.



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