A Liberal candidate running in the upcoming NSW state election has been targeted in a racist and Islamophobic smear campaign, after fake flyers showing the name and face of Holsworthy candidate Tina Ayyad were distributed to voters.
The former Liverpool Deputy Mayor and wife of Liverpool City Council Mayor Ned Mannoun is running in the south west Sydney seat, after she won preselection over incumbent MP Melanie Gibbons.
Tina Ayyad became the target of a racist smear campaign. Picture: Facebook
The flyers were distributed to residents on Australia Road in Barden Ridge, with messages reading: “Let’s promote Islamisation (sic) vote for me”.
On the back, the pamphlets contained false information about Ms Ayyad, claiming she’s changed her name, wants to turn Holsworthy into a “Muslim stronghold,” and unfounded allegations she is campaigning for a ban on pork products at Parliament House.
The flyers were distributed to residents in the Holsworthy electorate. Picture: 9News
Ms Ayyad told 9 News it was “racist propaganda” and said it had been condemned by the local community.
“They have reassured me that they are not going to pay attention to such rubbish that is floating around,” she said.
“It is not right, it is not the Australian way, it doesn’t belong in our community.”
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