Domain Squatters: Nationals play dirty website tactics to defeat foes in NSW by-election
The Upper Hunter byelection was called after Nationals MP Michael Johnsen resigned following revelations that he sent a woman a string of lewd text messages and an obscene video while Parliament was sitting. The woman has alleged he raped her in 2019. Johnsen denies the allegation.
The Nationals have held the seat for 90 years. Johnsen won the seat in the 2015 state election, surviving a 15.6% first preference vote swing against the Nationals. In the 2019 state election, Johnsen recorded another 4.88% swing against him.
Now a tightly contested seat, on a margin of 2.6%, and with the threat of minority government looming, it appears the Nationals have resorted to bad-faith political tactics.
The Nationals have…