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Josh Frydenberg, Energy and Resources Minister attacks environmental groups

Frydenburg, JoshFederal election 2016: Frydenberg slams activist ‘bias’  The Australian, 5 July 16 Liberal frontbencher Josh Frydenberg has attacked the Australian Conservation Foundation and ­Environment Victoria for campaigning against him in his electorate despite their claims to being independent and non-partisan.

Deposed Tasmanian Liberal Andrew Nikolic is also locked in a war of words with ­activist group GetUp! over its activities in his seat, where 80 volunteers and 10 paid staff led a $300,000 campaign against the former government whip.

Mr Frydenberg, the Energy and Resources Minister, said the ACF and Environment Victoria had used billboards, trucks and pamphlets to campaign against the Coalition in his inner-­Melbourne seat of Kooyong.

“These organisations such as the ACF and Environment Victoria claim to be non-partisan and ­independent but they clearly acted in this campaign in a way that is hostile to the Coalition,’’ he said.

The ACF hired a truck to drive through the electorate throughout the campaign with a banner attached attacking Mr Frydenberg for refusing to sign up to its environment pledge……..

ACF spokesman Josh Meadows said the banner and flyers were not partisan. “We weren’t saying vote for this person; what were saying was this person pledged commitment and this person didn’t,’’ he said.

Mr Frydenberg said Environment Victoria also launched a partisan attack, placing a billboard at a prominent intersection in the electorate saying: “We booked this ad to talk about the Liberals’ plan to cut ­climate pollution … they still don’t have one.”

Environment Victoria chief executive Mark Wakeham said: “We are non-partisan, but under the Coalition CO2 emissions have been rising and it’s important that people know that.”…….

In the Adelaide seat of Mayo, GetUp! ran a campaign advocating voting for the Nick Xenophon Team candidate Rebekha Sharkie over Liberal Jamie Briggs. The group says it chooses the recipients of its favours on their stands on renewable energy, marriage equality and education and health.

July 6, 2016 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, election 2016, politics

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