Wednesday 30th of July 2014

I think I have already mentioned the motor cars advertising...

liberal van

I do not know the status of the donations to the Liberal (CONservative) Party in general nor on the Central Coast. But I must say an acquaintance was surprised to see that all the Liberal (CONservative) candidates he saw passing through or parked, had the same/similar van with the same/similar advertising on it.


The conclusion was that there was a "central" orchestration of campaign designed to maximise the visual impact. Nothing wrong with this. Very savvy. The only problem now is to make sure that all the funding for this campaign was kosher. (Photo supplied).





Reputation and a distinguished parliamentary post are not the only things Chris Hartcher stands to lose if this month's corruption inquiry ends badly for him.

The Terrigal Rotary Club, perturbed by allegations of donation laundering levelled against their local MP, could take his standing to a new low by terminating his honorary membership.

''There's been a bit of talk … if he's guilty, what do we do?'' club member Tom Woods said.

''I don't think anyone is guilty until they are proven guilty. [But] my personal view is he couldn't be an honorary member of the club, if he wasn't honourable enough to be in Parliament.''


Allegations Mr Hartcher was the mastermind behind schemes to funnel tens of thousands of dollars in illegal donations to Liberal Party election campaigns have been met with despair from some in his Terrigal electorate.

Mr Hartcher and other central coast MPs Chris Spence and Darren Webber have resigned from the parliamentary Liberal Party but still have party endorsement and have nominated for preselection.

Independent Gosford councillor Gabby Bowles, the daughter of sitting Gosford Liberal MP Chris Holstein, said the corruption allegations were ''disappointing''. ''It pulls away focus from providing for the local community, which is what it should be all about,'' she said.

The Labor candidate for Terrigal at the last election, Trevor Drake, said he was suspicious of the Liberal campaign largesse.

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