2019-04-29 by W.M.
Liberal candidate’s name shame
Liberal candidate for Adelaide Shaun Osborn is facing his second gaffe of the campaign, with a letter misspelling his name sent out to more than 10,000 voters.
Mr Osborn was this month forced to apologise to a Broadview cafe owner after he invited 7000 residents to a meeting at the premises without asking.
SA Liberal Party state director, Sascha Meldrum, said a letter head reading “SHUAN OSBORN” was an administrative error made in State campaign headquarters, and not by Mr Osborn himself.
“Whilst the content of the letter was written by Mr Osborn, it was unfortunate that a typographical error occurred when we set up the letterhead for print,” Ms Meldrum said.
“The letter, regarding Labor’s retiree tax, was distributed to about 10 per cent of the (Adelaide) electorate.”
The letter comes as how-to-vote cards begin being distributed across the state, with early voting centres now open ahead of the May 18 election.
The Australian Greens Senate card reveals it will preference the HEMP party third, over the Australian Labor Party in fifth.
But SA Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said voters should not let any party direct their preferences.
The Green’s lower house voting cards have preferenced candidates in the key seats of Boothby, Sturt, Mayo, Hindmarsh, and Adelaide but have left the rest blank.
Labor candidate for Adelaide Steve Georganas has preferenced Greens candidate, Barbara Pocock, second on his card with the Animal Justice Party’s Deanna Kangas in third position.
All of these divisions have placed the United Australia Party above the Liberal Party for voting preference.