Voters not ‘naive’, wouldn’t have been swayed by sign, AEC tells court

Voters were not so “gullible and naive” as to be swayed by Chinese-language signs telling them to put the Liberals first in the federal poll, Australia’s independent electoral commission says.

The elections of federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the Melbourne seat of Kooyong and fellow Liberal MP Gladys Liu in neighbouring Chisholm are being challenged in court over allegedly illegal signage which, when translated, tell people that the “correct” way to vote is to put the Liberals first.

The elections of Josh Frydenberg and Gladys Liu are being challenged over these signs that appeared in their electorates.

Then-Victorian Liberal party director Simon Frost on Wednesday admitted in court that the purple and white signs in both traditional and simplified Chinese had been designed to look as if they came from the Australian Electoral Commission.

But the commission’s lawyer on Thursday told the Court of Disputed Returns, sitting in the Federal Court, there was not enough evidence to say the signs affected the election results in the two seats.


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