A Liberal candidate running in the upcoming New South Wales state election has been targeted in a racist and anti-Islam smear campaign, after fake fliers showing the name and face of Holsworth candidate Tina Ayad were distributed to voters.
Former Liverpool deputy mayor and wife of Liverpool City Council mayor, Ned Mannon, is running in the South West Sydney seat, after winning preselection over incumbent MP Melanie Gibbons.
Leaflets were distributed to residents of Australia Road on Barden Ridge, with messages that read: “Let’s encourage Islamization (sic) vote for me”.
On the back, the leaflets contained misinformation about Mrs Ayad, claiming she had changed her name, wanting to turn Holsworthy into a ‘Muslim stronghold’, and unsubstantiated allegations that she was campaigning for pork products to be banned in Parliament House.
Ms. Ayyad told 9 News it was “racist propaganda” and said the local community condemned it.
“They assured me that they would not notice such rubbish floating around,” she said.
“It’s not right, it’s not the Australian way, it doesn’t belong in our community.”
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