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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk rejects allegations Labor supplied electoral data to the Queensland Council of Unions

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk rejects allegations Labor supplied electoral data to the Queensland Council of Unions
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has rejected allegations the Labor party (ALP) misused electoral data at the last state election after media reports the personal information of voters was shared with unions.

NewsCorp has reported the Australian Electoral Commission is investigating allegations the ALP shared details contained in the electoral roll, such as names and contact numbers of voters, with the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU).

The publication said the information, which is provided to political parties under strict privacy guidelines, was then allegedly used to target voters in marginal areas.

Ms Palaszczuk denied the accusations.

“I do reject it,” she said.

“The party secretary said to me that she has no evidence of any complaint.”

When asked by a journalist if her election victory in 2017 was “clean” Ms Palaszczuk said: “absolutely it was”.

“They [the ALP] have said that they have complied with all of their obligations under the Acts,” she said.

In a statement, a spokesman for the QCU said it was “confident it has complied with the requirements of the Electoral Act”.

The ALP state secretary, Julie-Ann Campbell, have been contacted for comment.

The AEC would not confirm if it was looking into the allegations but said in a statement it “does not comment on matters which may be the subject of further inquiries”.

Opposition leader Deb Frecklington said she was “deeply concerned” about the reports.

Both leaders are campaigning in South East Queensland today and pledged funding for community sport and road upgrades respectively, if elected.

Labor has committed to spending $7.5 million dollars to extend a program that supplies sporting vouchers to children.

The LNP has promised $20 million dollars to improve a major thoroughfare in Brisbane’s east.



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