Ex-Wallaby and now ACT Senate candidate David Pocock has known as out a “smear campaign” of political promoting that makes an attempt to painting him as a Greens candidate.
Mr Pocock, who’s working as an Impartial, stated he’s the sufferer of a deliberate marketing campaign by right-wing lobbyist group Advance Australia, which he says is intentionally deceptive voters.
The promoting, which carries political authorisation in accordance with Australian Electoral Fee (AEC) legal guidelines, reveals Mr Pocock opening his shirt to disclose a Greens social gathering shirt beneath.
His marketing campaign has lodged a grievance with the AEC and is at present exploring different choices.
“This blatantly deceptive conduct is an attack on our democracy,” Mr Pocock stated.
“I am running as an independent candidate standing up for our community. Clearly that is seen as a threat in some quarters.
“These posters from Advance Australia are a lie designed to intentionally mislead voters and they’re undermining our democracy.”
Advance Australia’s Facebook page, which carries videos of the signs being placed around Canberra, says it is “exposing these Climate200 faux ‘independents’ like Zali Steggall and David Pocock as a result of Australians have a proper to know who they’re actually voting for”.
Advance Australia has not responded to requests for comment by 9News.com.au.
While the AEC has powers over the authorisation of political messages, it has no role in regulating the political content of electoral communications.
Mr Pocock’s campaign said Advance Australia has spent more than $24,000 in one week on Meta advertising, as well as distributing flyers to more than 200,000 households in Canberra at an estimated cost of around $40,000.
“Advance Australia’s actions that unfold false and deceptive data to voters underscores why it’s so important that we introduce federal reality in political promoting legal guidelines,” he said.
“Canberrans need integrity in politics and if elected that’s precisely what I’ll work for as a precedence.”
Mr Pocock retired from professional rugby in May 2020, announcing his intention to run for the Senate as the community-endorsed independent ACT candidate in the 2022 Federal Election in December 2021.
He’s working on a platform based mostly on tackling the price of residing, endorsing a federal anti-corruption watchdog, bettering actions on local weather change and extra humane therapy of refugees and asylum seekers.