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May 16, 2019 18:08:47

Liberal MP Nicolle Flint has been targeted by “disgraceful” and “shameful” graffiti on a campaign office.

Key points:

  • Attorney-General Vickie Chapman condemned the vandalism
  • She described it as “crude” and “offensive”
  • Liberal MP Nicolle Flint is fighting for the seat of Boothby

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman told South Australia’s Parliament about the vandalism, which included the word “skank” being drawn alongside a “dollar fee” for a sex act.

She described it as “bullying” and called on all sides of politics to condemn it.

“For those that haven’t been appraised of what’s occurred, please be aware that the most crude and offensive descriptor has been scrawled across the front of the campaign,” Ms Chapman said.

“The dollar fee claimed for a sexual act is also sprawled across the campaign office, across and traversing the posters of Ms Flint.”

Ms Chapman said she did not know who was behind the slur against the Boothby MP.

“We stand to say that this behaviour is offensive, it is abusive, it is rude, it is unacceptable, it is ugly and it must be condemned,” she said.

She asked Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas to “make a statement very clear that he also condemns this”.

Ms Chapman gave detail about the vandalism after a question from Liberal backbencher Carolyn Power, who was the subject of controversial campaigning in the 2014 state election.

At the time, Labor distributed flyers featuring Ms Power’s maiden name with the question: “Can you trust Habib?”

The advertising was described as overtly racist.

“I thank the member for her question, who was clearly a candidate under fire when she came into this Parliament, of the tactics used against candidates,” Ms Chapman said in response to the question.

The ABC has contacted Nicolle Flint’s office and the Labor Party for comment.

Ms Flint is campaigning against Labor’s Nadia Clancy to retain her marginal seat, south of Adelaide.

After a redistribution last year, she holds the seat by a margin of 2.8 per cent, making her the Federal Government’s only marginal seat holder in South Australia.

Earlier this year, activist group GetUp launched a campaign to unseat Ms Flint calling her the state’s most “backwards politician”.

Another candidate targeted

Ms Flint is not the first candidate to face vandalism of campaign material in the lead up to the federal election.

Earlier this month, Greens Senate candidate Major “Moogy” Sumner — a Ngarrindjeri elder — was targeted by hate speech on one of his election campaign posters.

The poster on a fence at Port Adelaide was defaced with the words “Kill All Ab*s”.

A friend of his later found the defaced poster near a Port Adelaide school and used methylated spirits to erase the graffiti.

“Racism is everywhere, I suppose you can say it’s like the common cold these days, it’s everywhere,” Mr Sumner said.

“Anyone that’s got a comment like that and got a racist little note they want to send to me, come and meet me. Come and say hello and I always say come and live on my side of the fence for a while.”

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