Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is up in arms having come into the possession of an email to supporters from the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury following the launch of his campaign for improved standards in rental properties:
After putting out public discussion paper on rental accommodation guidelines, the Greens then sent out an email to their supporters calling on them to dredge up ‘dodgy’ stories to support their campaign to bash Canberra landlords.
“The Greens public message is a very different one from the private one,” said the Opposition Leader, Zed Seselja.
“This campaign from the Greens is not just the usual extremist garbage we have come to expect. It has the potential to worsen housing affordability and rental options.
“The housing and rental market relies on confidence, the Greens seem intent on scaring landlords out of the market either through more red tape and costs or the risk of being named and shamed by their gutter campaign.
“I am calling on the Greens to immediately stop this gutter campaign and publicly apologise before any more damage is done,” said Zed.
Bit of a worry that Zed doesn’t understand the difference between an exposure draft of legislation and a discussion paper.
From the Rattenbury email the incendiary bit is this:
We know that people’s personal stories have a great influence. And when it comes to dodgy rental properties, we know everybody has a story!
That’s why we’re asking you to share your stories about dodgy rentals where you or a friend has lived. You can either post these stories on our Facebook page yourself or we can publish them for you.
If you can’t publish your stories on Facebook, just click reply to this e-mail and we’ll publish them for you.
We know that people’s personal stories will have a great influence in this campaign. Please tell us your rental story so we can get this legislation passed.
Working together, I know we can improve the lives of all renters in this great city.