No Land Tax head Peter Jones sent APN copies of text messages from a staff member at Liberal Party's head office as evidence the volunteers were directed to tell No Land Tax workers they would not be paid for their work. Photo Contributed
No Land Tax head Peter Jones sent APN copies of text messages from a staff member at Liberal Party's head office as evidence the volunteers were directed to tell No Land Tax workers they would not be paid for their work. Photo Contributed Contributed

Man tipped to take out senate seat wants election do-over

NO LAND Tax Party head Peter Jones is vowing to fight the NSW election result whether he wins or loses, citing "dirty tricks" and Liberal Party "lies" as his motivation.

Mr Jones is on track to secure the final seat in NSW parliament's upper house ahead of the Liberals and the Animal Justice Party.

But he still wants to challenge the election result for both houses of parliament and hold a do-over.

"There are three things I'm concerned about that no one else seems to be," he said.

"We were preferencing the Liberal Party, but the Liberals ran a very nasty dirty-tricks campaign against us on election day and in the lead-up to the election.

"Secondly, there is the fact that MPs were using their taxpayer-funded electorate offices to campaign from, in breach of the law.

"And third, in November after the election period had begun, Mike Baird changed the electoral funding laws to give the Liberal Party millions of dollars and cut everyone else back.

"Labor did exactly the same thing when it was in power, but two wrongs don't make a right."

Mr Jones said he would approach ICAC to see if the corruption watchdog would investigate.

Failing that, he planned to take it to the Court of Disputed Returns, which would necessarily involve a challenge to the election.

He claims Liberal Party volunteers were ordered to tell employees manning No Land Tax booths on election day they would never be paid, despite the party's promise to reimburse them $330 a day.

They also were promised a $200 bonus if their candidate received 10% of the vote, or $500 for a 20% share.

Workers still have not been paid, but Mr Jones said that was more to do with the election day frenzy than a desire to stiff them.

"We have statements from at least 500 of our people saying they were harassed - not only by Liberal Party volunteers - but they featured prominently," he said.

"I suspect there were many more.

"We had 200 people and our entire call centre pull out at the last moment (on the day before the election), I believe, because of what Ray Hadley was broadcasting."

The 2GB radio announcer accused Mr Jones of having a history of dishonest financial dealings and said his workers would not be paid.

Mr Jones said he was "frantically" fixing those problems and half the booth operators had not turned up on election day.

"We have to set up a process to work out how much each person gets paid, and take steps to ensure they were actually there," he said.

"Everyone will be paid.

"Legally, we must pay them by April 28, but it will happen well before then."

Mr Jones sent APN copies of text messages from a staff member at Liberal Party head office as evidence the volunteers were directed to tell No Land Tax workers they would not be paid for their work.

"It might be worth casually mentioning to any No Land Tax volunteers that they might not get paid for their time today," it stated.

The Animal Justice Party is also considering an appeal over the upper house election, after the NSW Electoral Commission incorrectly left the party's name off the "above-the-line" section for 19,000 internet votes.

- APN NEWSDESK


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