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FALSE DOCUMENT CHARGES: Greens candidate millionaire property developer Brian Walters caught in blatant campaign fraud

lawlesslucie2 A Victorian Greens campaign staffer Lucie Burns-Warr faces potential criminal charges after authorising a false election attack ad in the hotly contested Melbourne campaign on behalf of millionaire property developer and Greens candidate Brian Walters.

FALSIFIED WITH ADDED LIES
The document is careful to match the ALP’s distinctive typeface and colours to create an impression it has come from the Labor campaign when it’s actually an attack on their candidate Bronwyn Pike. The false document– bearing Burns-Warr’s name as authoriser – falsely claims that Walters’ opponents in the ALP accept donations from tobacco companies. Senior Labor sources told VEXNEWS that their loudly and publicly expressed position is to not accept any donations from tobacco companies, a policy that has been in place for many years. One angry Labor campaigner vented at VEXNEWS:

“The Greens have been caught in a blatant and cynical lie. For a start, they insist they only run ‘positive campaigns’ and yet they have been caught distributing a sh*t-sheet. And in addition, the claim about Labor taking tobacco money is a clear falsehood. It’s either very sloppy or a deliberate lie, either way the Greens willingness to stoop to total falsehoods on the eve of a campaign shows just how sleazy an operation Greg Barber is running here.”

“It’s a bit rich for the Greens to say they don’t like developers, gambling or grog company donations when they are running a rich property developer in Melbourne, accept enormous $200,000 donations from a Sydney gambling identity and hold their election night gatherings in pubs where you will be shocked to learn alcohol is served. Dr Bob Brown is the physician who should be busy curing himself. And what’s more they’ve blatantly used the ALP’s innercity campaign colour and typeface to fool people about what it is. It’s straight out of Tammany Hall sleaze campaign playbook. Can you imagine if the ALP published a false claim that the Greens accepted money from tobacco or from the recently raided marijuana dealers and mocked it all up with Greens logos, (The Age’s) That c*nt Royce Millar would have disappeared up his own anus with confected rage and self-pleasuring excitement as he rushed to prepare a front-page counter-attack denouncing ‘Labor liars’ and demanding the creation of a Corrupt Leaflet Commission”

“Instead, the ALP went to an Age journalist yesterday morning with this issue and it’s clear he’s not interested. They’d rather stick with silly little re-fried stories about Electrac. The Age appears to be censoring news that could adversely effect their Greens party candidates in the run-up to election day,” he explained.

tandberggreen Bemused Labor and Liberal operatives yesterday pointed to a cartoon by Ron Tandberg, The Age’s popular cartoonist as illustrative of the rising ultra-left sentiment in the newsroom as it deals with the prospect of closing The Age print edition within five to ten years.

While our Rood friend might not be keen on the yarn, we certainly are.

IF YOU DO THE CRIME, YOU DO THE TIME
The authoriser of the false document Lucie Burns-Warr is understood to be a long-time University student, currently studying law, and is approximately 27 years old.

Burns-Warr is described as a “volunteer co-ordinator” and is principally assigned to the campaign of prostitutes’ activist and Greens candidate in Richmond, Kathleen Maltzahn. She has authorised many Greens party leaflets in this election, we understand.

The material – obtained by the famed VEXNEWS Investigations Unit – can be seen here in its entirety and is part of property developer millionaire Brian Walters’ lavish big-spending campaign in Melbourne which he is believed to have partly funded from profits on his now infamous Rockhampton industrial park development of ugly warehouses that were marketed to investors on the basis they could “cash in on the central Queenland (coal) mining boom.”

FOLLOW THE MONEY
Walters has also obtained large amounts of money from representing coal miners and Nazi war criminal property developer millionaires in court which helped build his vast fortune. The wealthy man who lives in leafy Eaglemont, miles away from the Melbourne electorate has refused calls to donate the proceeds of this work to charity like the Holocaust Museum.

Both Burns-Warr, Walters and all others involved in the production of the false document could face legal liability as a result, legal experts have told VEXNEWS. Aside from defamation, the Electoral laws prohibit the distribution of misleading and deceptive statements that could influence a voter in the casting of their vote. That’s considered quite limited to giving misleading directions about how to vote  by those familiar with the case law. But in this case, the use of Labor’s colours and typeface could land the law student lawless Lucie Burns-Warr and the fifty-something Brian Walters in serious legal trouble in that the Crimes Act prohibits – with a ten year maximum jail period – the falsification of ducments:

s.83A(1) A person must not make a false document with the intention that he or she,or another person, shall use it to induce another person to accept it as genuine, and by reason of so accepting it to do or not to do some act to that other person’s, or to another person’s prejudice.Penalty: Level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).

If Walters is successful on Saturday, after this rather clumsy smear campaign, we can be sure that this won’t be the last heard on this false document saga. Lucie Burns-Warr should pay careful attention in her criminal law subjects. She might need it someday soon.

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3PM UPDATE: Brian Walters has now conceded that the assertions in his campaign material distributed to tens of thousands of households were false and has “undertaken” not to distribute them further. He blamed a “volunteer” for the error but refused to comment on whether he reviewed campaign material prepare in his name. We will update on further developments including a possible Victoria Police investigation.

Discussion

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  1. Hey a bit of sleaze and a few lies never got me into trouble…

    Posted by Boofa Leigh | November 25, 2010, 6:56
  2. Ok, so Greens would-be MPs trade in sleaze and vote with the libs.

    Let’s go a bit easy – do not forget the very optimistic and idealistic young women handling out for free for the Greens and the equally optimistic young men who join the greens to get the attention of the former mentioned group.

    Beyond the cynical manipulation of the Greens leadership are young kids in love/lust.

    Just like the voting public these youthful volunteers are also victims of the cruel cult called the Victorian Greens.

    Posted by Go easy | November 25, 2010, 7:17
  3. Yeah, Yeah, bloody awful candidate. But this the nature of politics. As soon as there is a chance of personal promotion and advancement the more cynical, self interested sorts move in and elbow people more suited in their genuine motivations to politics and social change out of the way.

    The Greens have become a magnet for careerists who probably would have gone to Labor but don’t have the talent to cut it in a pond with people with real smarts.

    It’s much easier to push yourself forward in the Greens and present yourself as warm and fuzzy and climb. Join a few warm and fuzzy organisations, get yourself a position as a office holder and then forever after push yourself as a moral giant or ‘ethical’. All to easy and it’s a shame the mainstream media have mostly brought it without scrutiny.

    Sadly though the genuine, warm and fuzzy sorts who have been trampled on in the careerists lurch for power end up leaving, and party’s such as the Greens that started off with high intent just degenerate into being a mire of nastiness and sleaze.

    Posted by Yeah Yeah. | November 25, 2010, 8:13
  4. Lucie text me if you need a ride home.

    Posted by RDR | November 25, 2010, 8:41
  5. The Age branched out today and actually wrote a story about life in the suburbs. The Age’s sub editors thought long and hard about how to describe these people so foreign from their life experience. The headline: THE FRINGE DWELLERS. Words fail me

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/the-fringe-dwellers-20101124-187ex.html

    Posted by Where do they get Calzone | November 25, 2010, 8:42
  6. RDR you sleaze. Keep your sexist, insulting comments to yourself. Do you think you’re impressing people by that kind of remark?

    Posted by Mr Macintosh | November 25, 2010, 9:01
  7. @Yeah Yeah.:
    The Greens have become a magnet for careerists who probably would have gone to Labor but don’t have the talent to cut it in a pond with people with real smarts
    You’ve just summarised my feelings about the people who clustered around Pauline Hanson in One Nation. As an individual MHR she started out ready to cut through the BS, but the adulation of self-interested ‘supporters’ turned her head. Now she’s a ranga Germaine Greer, saying something controversial now and then to remind us that she’s still breathing.

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | November 25, 2010, 9:11
  8. Well I did offer that teenage volunteer a ride home in my taxpayer car, suggest we should perhaps get hot and bothered together and then made several texts in the days after.

    And yes I’m still in Parliament.

    Posted by RDR | November 25, 2010, 9:42
  9. Why is it that all obnoxious Lefties have hypenated surnames?

    Posted by Mao Lenin-Stalin | November 25, 2010, 11:17
  10. Thanks “Where do they get Calzone” I read the Aged article you linked too and had to laugh. Typical Aged, can’t comprehend the attraction of Doreen and surrounding suburbs. It’s simple! They’re not multi-cultural! The Aged couldn’t hope to understand, not everyone digs Leb gangs in the neighbourhood. Friends of ours built in Roxburgh Park in the early Noughties but as it became infested with people of “Middle-Eastern appearance” it was time to join the White Flight and move out to Doreen. Principle reasons why they like it? Plenty of space for a big house and safe (meaning it’s white anglo-saxon and middle class).

    Posted by White Flight to Doreen | November 25, 2010, 13:00
  11. So Labor doesn’t like it when people lie about them in campaign material…Glass jaw.

    Posted by kent | November 25, 2010, 13:05
  12. So the Greens “not-a” Party dont stoop to such low levels as to denigrate their opponents..hmm interesting move but not unexpected.

    Posted by Sotherby | November 25, 2010, 13:09
  13. They are a registered politcal party Sotherby. Try looking at the AEC website, under politcial parties.

    Posted by Wendy | November 25, 2010, 13:22
  14. Boofa don’ forget to bring your cheque book tonight then I’ll let you make your ‘deposit’.

    Posted by Wenchy | November 25, 2010, 13:34
  15. Labor and Liberals support private schools like the one that I bet Lucy Burns-Warr went to.

    Posted by Right Said Fred | November 25, 2010, 15:24
  16. she went to Radford College which is an independent, Anglican, co-educational day school, located in Canberra, finished in 01.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2010, 16:33
  17. if this isn’t front page of the Age tomorrow they have lost all credibility.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2010, 16:46
  18. What are the ALP whingeing about well Gillard got in bed with the Greens so ALP should be so very nice to the Greens in Victoria just like their dumb LUDDITE leader in Canberra is!
    Well what is good enough for Gillard should be good enough for Bronwyn Pike out of her seat on saturday!
    So solution is to vote neither green nor ALP on Saturday!

    Posted by LUDDITE | November 25, 2010, 17:10
  19. […] More trouble for the Greens. Now they’ve been caught out for lying and being deceptive. […]

    Posted by ALP, Coalition vs the Greens « James Board | November 25, 2010, 18:00
  20. He is still being a hypocrite.

    In trying to divert attention away from his own actions he posted this:

    ‘however, ALP still take hundreds of thousands from developers, alcohol and gambling. Greens do not.’

    A bit rich for a property developer to be attacking the ALP for accepting money from developers.

    Posted by gt | November 25, 2010, 19:33
  21. Typical lawyer, woe unto ye.

    The Greens may benefit to roll in a Nazi war criminal to defend this schmuk.

    Posted by The Truth | November 25, 2010, 20:20
  22. @Wendy: sarcasm Wendy

    Posted by Sotherby | November 25, 2010, 20:21
  23. MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL

    Posted by Watson | November 26, 2010, 23:53
  24. Labor are the kings of smear campaigns and this was probably just a mistake, the rest of the brochure is true! If this goes to court what a joke, labor have been lying about every second thing in this poorly run campaign. Their whole spin that a vote for the greens is a vote for the liberals? bullshit! I used to preference Labor before liberal, this time it’s the other way around… Get your act together Brumby!

    Posted by Watson | November 26, 2010, 23:58
  25. Amazing what passes for journalism these days. Vex is not even worthy enough for a Media Watch shaming.

    Posted by Lachie McKenzie | November 27, 2010, 0:12
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