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NG: Mayoral candidate faces prosecution over posters

catherinengillegal Catherine Ng’s campaign has been embroiled in scandal following Herald Sun revelations she will be prosecuted by the City of Melbourne for illegal election campaign posters.

As the Chair of the Council’s planning committee for the past seven years, she is responsible for the by-laws that govern where posters may be displayed.

The council can impose fines for each poster, which appear to have been put up by a professional poster distributor, paid for by Catherine Ng’s campaign.

According to the Herald Sun, the posters appear near a City of Melbourne sign that warns “bill posters will be prosecuted.

A council spokesperson told the Hun that such posters are illegal and are a “form of visual pollution.”

Ng bizarrely declared she did not know who put the posters up, despite paying someone to put them up, and promised yesterday to remove them.


VEXNEWS obtained a photograph of some of the posters displayed near Little Bourke and Russell Streets at 11AM, so clearly she’s not intended to honour that promise. Nothing new there, given she was elected seven years ago on a promise to scrap the Lord Mayor’s limousine. That never happened either.



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  1. Vexnews and Hun, how do we know who put them up? Jealousy perhaps that Ng just may win this thing?

    Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2008, 11:24
  2. Ng should be prosecuted with a breach of the local law if there is sufficient evidence to do so and the case proceed to trial forthwith.

    Posted by Anonymous | November 12, 2008, 12:40
  3. IN today’s Herald-Sun Live blog on the City Council Lord Mayors Race Catherine Ng (ng/Wu) claimed in response to a question on review of the City Council representative model

    12:27 [Comment From Review denied]
    You recently criticised the State Government for denying the City a voice? Why did you and John So oppose the City of Melbourne’s electoral system being subjected to a review? Where you trying to deny citizens a voice?

    Catherine replied

    12:29 I support a comprehensive review of the electoral system, structure, voting methods to ensure we have a fair representation on council. I am independent with no political agenda. I will represent the local community without favour nor fear.

    Yet when the question of a review was before the City Council earlier this year she and her factional colleagues voted it down every time. Was she polly speaking and lying to the electorate? She most certainly provided a false and misleading answer to the question asked.

    Many questions where not published and many go unanswered.

    Posted by Melbcity | November 12, 2008, 13:22
  4. She won’t obey her own by-laws. Fuck that.

    Posted by nASTY | November 12, 2008, 14:38
  5. Those companies that put up posters don’t do it for free. She paid them and broke the law.

    Posted by Posters | November 12, 2008, 14:39
  6. If Ng is convicted of the poster irregularities, would she be forced out of council?

    Posted by Convicted | November 12, 2008, 14:46
  7. The Editor,

    Your article above is just plain wrong. We have the owner’s permission to place these posters on this site.

    There is nothing illegal in what my campaign team has done and I demand that you retract the above story.

    Next time check your facts.

    [EDITOR: We stand by our story and we’re sure the Herald Sun stands by theirs. Ng’s posters have been put up in a number of illegal locations. She should be prosecuted. Or at least condemned for not obeying the laws she imposes on others.]

    Posted by Catherine Ng | November 12, 2008, 15:08
  8. MODERATOR: Disturbingly a number of virulently anti-Chinese and racist comments have been posted on the comments section of this site from the same IP address and Internet Service Provider as someone who had previously written pro-Catherine Ng comments.

    Perhaps just a coincidence but whoever is writing them should be aware of Victoria’s racial vilification laws. We have retained copies of all offending comments and will send them on to the authorities.

    Posted by VEXNEWS | November 12, 2008, 15:42
  9. If she can’t respect the law and ratepayers by attending meetings she should resign…

    Posted by bad girl | November 12, 2008, 15:50
  10. who is paying for Catherine Ng’s campaign.

    If she works for a TAFE, she can’t be funding it herself.

    Please investigate VexNews.

    Posted by who pays | November 12, 2008, 15:52
  11. Seems someone wants to play the racial minority victim candidate in this campaign.

    How gutless and cowardly.

    Posted by Shame Ng | November 12, 2008, 15:53
  12. Other than the illegal ones, is Ng really saying as chair of planning, that she got developers permission to display her dodgy posters?

    She should disclose all the developers helping her campaign.

    Posted by which developers | November 12, 2008, 16:19
  13. NG = NO GO

    Posted by Singer in the rain | November 12, 2008, 16:24
  14. NG = NO GOOD

    Posted by sleazy | November 12, 2008, 16:25
  15. I have no problem with doing favours for the chair of Planning committee. She has scratched my back, I am happy to scratch hers.

    Posted by Mr Rich Developer | November 12, 2008, 16:29
  16. Regardless of whether the owner’s permission is sought or granted, those posters are a breach of local by-laws.

    The local law is very clear about this. Check it out for yourself.

    Posted by WRONG, DEAD WRONG, CATHERINE NG | November 12, 2008, 16:33
  17. She has one answer for the Herald Sun and another here.

    What a liar.

    Posted by Wicked web of Ng lies | November 12, 2008, 16:35
  18. Why isn’t my involvement in this illegality revealed yet?

    Posted by Tony Nicholson | November 12, 2008, 16:44
  19. Has former Councillor Nicholson been involved in a crime?

    Posted by Legal Ethics | November 12, 2008, 16:45
  20. Planning department shenanigans? The Vic Ombudsman is investigating the infamous Brimbank council, its said one of the issues involves its planning department.

    Posted by Anon Annonski | November 12, 2008, 16:50
  21. Has anyone got a view on the City of Greater Geelong elections, especially the highly contested wards of Kardinia, Buckley, Brownbill, Cowie and Corio? I would be interested in an analysis.

    Posted by davo, chook and macca | November 12, 2008, 20:04
  22. NG?

    no biNGo

    Posted by Krudd | November 12, 2008, 20:41
  23. Has Antony Nicholson returned the council equipment and acquitted his $20,000 junket that he had the council pay for in the dying months of his term. I understand he missed his flight because he was drinking too much “free” booze provided at Council functions. It cost the City Coucnil over $4,000 to reschedule his flight. – Shame Shame Shame. Mack no doubt about it the likes of Susan Riley, Carl Jetter and Nicholson were all about the freebies, world travel and junkets. Qantas Frequent Flyer points paid for ther holidays when they lost office.

    City Council should not be serving “free alcohol” to staff and City Councillors. They can get pissed on their own time and money. Imagine if you or I turn up to work drunk as a skunk. There was no surprise that Nicholson did not get re-elected.

    Posted by Nicholsons theft | November 12, 2008, 22:35
  24. Brimbank, Casey, City of Melbourne, Colac Otway, Darebin, Geelong!! Something is very wrong in the world of local government. Andrew surely this deserves some sort of expose by you Andrew!!

    Posted by Anon Annonski | November 13, 2008, 16:37
  25. More Casey stories Andy!

    Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2008, 18:29
  26. Catherine Ng has also breached the Victorian Local Government Act by failing to publish the name and contact details of the person who has authorised electoral content on her web site.

    Posted by Rob Boyle | November 23, 2008, 16:58