The new Labor back bencher Joy Burch is up in arms that her Liberal colleague Alistair Coe has been distributing stickers at O-week featuring the slogan “Rack off lefty scum”.
She’d like to know if he and his leader Zed Seselja think she’s scum.
The Leader of the Opposition must come clean on whether he believes Canberrans who voted for Labor (or the Greens) at the last election are “lefty scum” who should “Rack off”, Member for Brindabella, Joy Burch MLA said today.
Ms Burch said she was shocked to see Liberal MLA Alistair Coe distributing unauthorised Liberal Party stickers reading “Rack off lefty scum” to ANU students at this week’s O-Week celebrations.
Ms Burch said the slogan was insulting to Canberra voters and showed contempt for the intelligence of the ACT’s student community.
Young men tempted to apply these stickers in a high spirited bout of champagne charlie-ism are advised that most of the women they’ll ever want to sleep with are lefties.
Alistair probably needs to remember that since his election he’s supposed to be a grown-up now.
UPDATED: It’s claim and counter claim with this statement from Alistair and more offensive material from the other side. Here’s what Alistair had to say:
Alistair Coe MLA, denies categorically that he handed out stickers as claimed by Joy Burch. “I did not hand out anything to anyone. Wherever the stickers came from, they did not come from me.”
“I am, however, extremely surprised by this attack by Ms Burch, as the stand she attended for the Labor party was handing out promotional items with the headline: “Don’t get F***ed at work.” [below]
“Clearly, this opportunistic attack by Ms Burch has backfired.
“I think we should leave the Uni political stunts alone and get on with the job of being MLAs.”
[Image blurred by me to protect delicate sensibilities]
ANOTHER UPDATE: Joy Burch’s office have sent in this additional note:
“It is disappointing to see Alistair Coe and the Liberals attempting to lie their way out of an embarassing situation.
“The flyer that Alistair refers to has nothing to do with the Labor Party, nor was it at the Labor stall which I attended.