This statement just in from the Liberal Party
Liberal Party Campaign incident statement
The ACT election day has been marred by an alleged assault outside a polling booth in Stirling.
At 9:30am this morning a white Subaru car mounted the curb outside Stirling College and ran down a sign for Liberal MLA Steve Doszpot. The driver then sped up and drove directly at a table where a disabled female volunteer was sitting, forcing the person to leap back and run to avoid being hit.
Thinking that they would be hit by the car, the volunteer was forced to run on a painful leg that they have not used for a month, before the car swerved at the last moment.
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The woman driving the car then pulled up near the table and yelled abuse at the volunteer.
Although formal complaints have been lodged with the police by witnesses and by the volunteer targeted by the vehicle, the AFP told the victim of the incident that they would not take a statement until Monday or Tuesday.
The ACT Liberals have also formally reported the incident to the police and have asked that charges be pressed. They have passed on licence details and a description of the woman driving the car, who represented herself to be a lawyer.
An ACT Liberal Campaign Spokesperson said “Australian elections are dependent on volunteers who sacrifice their own time and resources. They are entitled to be treated with decency and respect.”
“I ask that the other party leaders ask their members and supporters to show greater restraint and report to police any knowledge they have of this unacceptable behaviour.”