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    Liberals' how-to-vote card draws protest

    The West Australian Greens have complained to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) over how-to-vote cards authorised and distributed by the Liberal Party.
    Greens Senate candidate Rachel Siewert says the cards, distributed at a pre-polling booth in the marginal seat of Stirling, are designed to confuse and mislead.

    The Liberals' how-to-vote card does not carry a Liberal Party logo, is printed on green paper, and has 'Green ballot paper' written on it.

    Ms Siewert says she is especially concerned as the how-to-vote cards were left in the box of the Greens' candidate.

    "We are concerned that there is, or there is the potential for, confusing messages to be sent out, so and that's why we've asked the AEC to look into it," she said.

    "We're obviously getting our candidates to check other offices to see if the same thing's occurring in other offices."

    Labor state secretary Bill Johnston says the Liberal Party has stooped to a new low.

    "The Liberal Party seem determined to use subterfuge to win seats in this state and on the surface it gives that appearance again," he said.

    The Liberal Party's state director, Paul Everingham, initially said the cards were not authorised material but later admitted they were.

    He says there is no rule against printing how-to-vote cards on green paper.
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