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Mayor smacks down 'propaganda' from anti-Islam group

NOT HERE: Cate Akaveka was disgusted to find an anti-islam flyer on the windscreen of her car.
NOT HERE: Cate Akaveka was disgusted to find an anti-islam flyer on the windscreen of her car. Alistair Brightman

THE CULPRIT distributing anti-Islamic flyers on people's cars remains a mystery, with the conservative Australian Liberty Alliance distancing itself from the "propaganda".  

The white A5 flyer distributed on cars outside Hervey Bay pre-polling places calls on the nation's "modern day Anzacs" to stand and "fight for a safe future".

  It also claims Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell is inviting "Islamic Muslims" to the region and he "supports the building of a mosque in your suburb yet to be announced".  

Describing the leaflet as propaganda, Cr O'Connell said it was sad to see such falsehoods during the election period. "We are a very inclusive community," he said.   

"At the very least it's ridiculous and at the worst it's intimidatory to the voting intelligence of the Fraser Coast - a mayoral election influenced by untruths and false propaganda."

"They're making false statements and using a logo they've pinched and they have no authorisation to use."  

The leaflet uses the logo of the ALA, a movement promoting "Western values" and "preventing the Islamisation of Australia".  

But the ALA's Queensland Senate candidate Bernard Gaynor said his party had not authorised any flyers to be distributed.  

"I am very concerned that flyers have been distributed without my knowledge that purport to be from the Australian Liberty Alliance," he said.   

"They appear to be a clumsy attempt to discredit our party and I welcome any investigation from the Electoral Commission of Queensland into this matter."  

Mary Ryan's Cafe owner Cate Akaveka discovered the flyer on her car.   She took to Facebook to poke fun at the grammatical errors on the flyer.   

"Stop polluting our carpark with your uneducated, bigoted, misogynistic propaganda," she wrote.

"Stay away from my shop unless you're planning on buying a dictionary.  

"We live in a beautiful place - The only way to increase the vibrancy of our community is to open our doors and our hearts to people from all sorts of different backgrounds."   

Ms Akaveka first thought the flyer was campaign material.  

"I mean my first though was the spelling and grammar was appalling and why are they getting involved in our Local Government elections," she said.   

"How dare they do that?  

"It didn't make sense but we have Muslim customers and I thought it was insulting not just to them but to all of our customers."   

Topics:  australian liberty alliance gerard o'connell propaganda



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