The Queensland LNP candidate has referred to AFP over allegations he used a false address on his nomination forms
“There are concerns whether the information provided by him regarding his residential address on these forms is false,” he said in a statement.
SBS News has reached out to Mr. Lobo for comment.
The Australian newspaper reported on Friday that Mr Lobo lived in the posh suburb of Windsor, a 23-minute drive from the Everton Park address given on his AEC registration and application forms.
Mr Lobo said he had changed his listing to the Everton Park address as he had signed a lease ‘with the intention of moving in immediately’.
“However, due to my campaign commitments and difficulty getting trades people to the house, I have been delayed in moving in,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday.
The Coalition campaign did not say whether it would continue to support Mr Lobo in Lilley.
He is the second Coalition candidate to be referred to AFP for investigation in recent days.
Isaacs candidate Robbie Beaton was referred on Thursday after telling a newspaper he did not live at the Melbourne property where he was registered.
Queensland Labor Senator Murray Watt said on Sunday Prime Minister Scott Morrison was to explain whether Mr Lobo would be removed from office pending the inquiry.
“This is an extremely serious allegation against a candidate in the midst of an election campaign,” he said.
Failure to push back Mr Lobo would be another blow to ‘a government whose integrity is already in tatters’ and which has failed to set up a federal anti-corruption commission it promised in the last election , he added.
“This government has a terrible record of integrity,” Watt said.
“They’ve had rort after rort…and now he’s the second candidate across the country to be fired for police investigation in the middle of an election campaign.”
Lilley Labor member Anika Wells addresses a crowd during a Labor campaign rally at the Kedron-Wavell Services Club in Brisbane, April 3, 2022. Source: AAP / RUSSELL FREEMAN/AAPIMAGE
Labor’s Anika Wells currently holds Lilley’s seat by a narrow margin after a more than 5% swing to the LNP in the 2019 election.
The AEC said the candidate nominations will remain as officially declared in April, despite the referral to AFP.
“Balots have been printed and distributed across the country for early voting to begin on Monday and many mail-in voters have already received their mail-in ballot packs,” he said.
Scott Morrison denies breaking promise to LGBTIQ+ students
The prime minister has denied breaking a promise by pledging to treat a revived religious discrimination bill separately from legislative protections for LGBTIQ+ students.
On Saturday, Scott Morrison said religious discrimination laws would still be a priority if the Coalition were re-elected.
But he said
this would protect gay and transgender students from expulsion.
When asked on Sunday if that meant he was “breaking a commitment” to LGBTIQ+ students, Mr Morrison insisted it was not a new post.
“The position that was approved by the government party hall was that the two would be prosecuted and they would be prosecuted sequentially,” he told reporters in Melbourne.
“There is no change to that. It is our policy going forward.”
Religious discrimination laws were a key Coalition campaign promise in the 2019 election.
when it was debated in parliament earlier this year over fears the laws could unfairly impact LGBTIQ+ students in religious schools.
One of those MPs, Katie Allen, said on Sunday her position remained unchanged.
“It’s not negotiable. I believe you can protect religious freedoms and gay students,” she told reporters at a Liberal Party rally in Melbourne.
Mr Morrison did not commit to a specific timetable as to when the amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act would be dealt with.
“These are different issues and that’s my point of view,” he said.
He said that while religious people face discrimination on a daily basis, he has seen no reports of LGBTIQ+ students being expelled because of their sexuality or gender.
“We’ve had this conversation for about four years, and each time it’s been presented that apparently students are being expelled…there’s no evidence of that, there isn’t,” he said. -he declares.
“The thing is, that doesn’t happen…the religious schools themselves don’t want to do that.”
Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Labor candidate for the Bennelong seat Jerome Laxale talk to local residents during a visit to Ryde Wharf Market on Day 28 of the 2022 Federal Election campaign, Sydney, on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Source: AAP / LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said on Sunday that Mr Morrison’s claim was simply not true.
“If people don’t think that young people are discriminated against and vilified because of their sexuality, that doesn’t reflect reality,” he told reporters in Sydney.
Mr Albanese said Mr Morrison wrote to him during the parliamentary debate saying he would ‘take action’ to protect gay and lesbian students.
“I’m amazed he walked away from that,” he said.
“We need to protect people from discrimination, whether it’s religious discrimination or on the basis of people’s sexuality.”
Funding for IVF, playgroups and childcare
Scott Morrison has announced a $53 million package to help reduce the cost of IVF for expectant moms and dads.
Mr Morrison said he understood the obstacles and difficulties many Australians face trying to have children, after his own family’s IVF journey.
“I want to help thousands more Australians realize their dream of becoming parents,” he said.
About 50,000 patients received Medicare-funded assisted reproductive technology services in 2020-21, including through IVF, and now cancer patients or those at risk of transmitting genetic diseases will have their storage eggs, sperm or embryos subsidized for the first time.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison meets young families at the Melbourne IVF Clinic in Melbourne Headquarters. Sunday May 8, 2022. Source: AAP / MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE
“For people battling cancer or contemplating the risk of genetic diseases, it’s already an uphill battle and this new grant will give them more options when it comes to their aspirations to become parents,” Morrison said.
Meanwhile, Anthony Albanese says Labor will invest $11million to help new parents connect with their local playgroups.
He said a Labor government will help gaming groups recover from COVID-19 disruptions and expand their network across Australia.
“We know that more than 90% of human brain development occurs during the first five years,” Albanese said.
“Playgroups play a vital role in this development, with children learning together and developing social skills, as well as creating a vital network for parents.”
Research shows that children who are part of a playgroup are more likely to start school ready to learn with better communication, language and cognitive abilities than those who are not part of a playgroup. .
“On Mother’s Day, I can’t think of a better way out of the pandemic than by strengthening the communities that are built for moms and kids by increasing funding to grow and support playgroups in all the countries.”
The Greens also used Mother’s Day to announce that free childcare would be on the party’s shortlist if the May 21 election results in a hung parliament.
Greens leader Adam Bandt said that even if the Labor Party plan made childcare affordable, many families would still be missing out.
He says that for another $2 billion to $3 billion a year, child care can be free for everyone.
“For less than the government gives in handouts to people like Clive Palmer, we could have free child care for everyone,” he said.
Mr Morrison and Mr Albanese will make their case to Australian voters in their second debate in Sydney, with the pre-poll opening on Monday.
Wentworth independent candidate Allegra Spender will also face Dave Sharma, who currently holds the Liberal party seat, on Sunday.
Mr Sharma will urge his constituents to stay the course, promising that one voice in government can reach more than one on the cross bench.
But Ms Spender hit back, saying the incumbent MP had had three years to come up with a moderate policy aligned with the beliefs of his constituents, but had failed to do so.
She said if elected to a hung parliament she is “open to negotiate with everyone”.
“Wentworth is one seat out of 151, so it will very much depend on the numbers in parliament and will absolutely depend on what policies they are prepared to negotiate at that time,” she told ABC’s Insider program.
“I am ready to negotiate with either side of the government, either party in terms of forming the government.”
Additional reporting by Amy Hall