Politicians have slammed a Queensland postman who allegedly threw around $13,000 in mail-in ballot applications into a bin when it was delivered, then tried to bribe a resident after he was caught.
A Queensland grandmother, Annette Weller, who lives in the electorate of Blair, West Brisbane and is marginally detained by Labor’s Shayne Neumann, caught the postman on CCTV throwing a stack of letters into his wheelie bin.
CCTV shows Weller approaching the postman, questioning him about the incident.
Footage then shows him apologizing and offering Weller $10 after she told him that LNP Senator Paul Scarr, whose office sent the letters, was on his way to collect the pile.
Scarr said his office hired Australia Post to deliver mail-in ballot applications at a cost of $13,000.
He called for an inquiry into Australia Post, wondering “how widespread the problem is”.
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham, speaking in Brisbane on Saturday morning, said Australians of all political persuasions expect their mail to be delivered.
“When political parties, regardless of their belief, seek to send information to voters, who have paid for it, we expect it to reach those voters and those voters to whom we release it,” a- he declared.