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‘They’re disgusting’: Outgoing South Perth Mayor calls out dirty tactics to skew council election

The fake ads were posted on Facebook and Instagram.

The fake ads were posted on Facebook and Instagram.Credit:

“I’ve never seen such a campaign with the incredibly high level of nastiness associated with it.”

The pages champion mayoral candidate and councillor Greg Milner over colleague Travis Burrows, accusing Mr Burrows of voting for higher rates and less local government transparency.

Mr Milner, who has been running under the promise of lowering council rates and increasing government accountability, has vehemently denied any involvement in the social media posts and claimed he “hadn’t even seen them”.

The pair are the only mayoral candidates in the race to replace Ms Doherty in the October 19 council elections.

On Sunday the City of South Perth condemned the posts, which have since been taken down, through their official social media channels.

“Residents of the City of South Perth are currently being targeted with advertisements from a fake Facebook page that is seeking to have an influence on council elections,” a Facebook post read.

“The South Perth Council Elections page is not connected in any way to the City of South Perth and has no permission to use the City’s logo or to associate itself with the City.

“If you see a sponsored post from this page, either supporting or attacking candidates in the council election, please be fully aware that the messages are in no way associated with the City and are not endorsed by the City.”

City officers are currently reviewing the posts and considering reporting the matter to the WA Electoral Commission and the Corruption and Crime Commission.

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