March 14, 2012

Unproven mudslinging to besmirch character without proof of wrongdoing is clearly unacceptable in political debate, the Australian Christian Lobby said today.

ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis said that while both sides of politics were guilty of this from time to time, the extraordinary unsubstantiated attacks on LNP Leader Campbell Newman and his wife Lisa’s family, as revealed in the Channel Nine news report, had taken this to new lows.

“When leaders are being presented as alternatives at elections, it is particularly important that any allegations of wrong-doing are properly substantiated,” she said.

“People need to be able to trust the information out there at election time and not feel that they are being the target of smear campaigns between parties or individuals.

“It is also important that the work of independent corruption watchdogs are not co-opted during election campaigns for political purposes.

“While it is increasingly difficult to know where the truth lies in all this, the seemingly deliberate tactic to throw mud until something might stick is totally unacceptable for a Premier seeking our confidence.

“At a time when public trust is in desperate need of being restored in politics, smears only serve to further undermine this,” Ms Francis said