An aggrieved United Australia Party candidate has let go of his experience as a party candidate and revealed his plans to sue for campaign material costs if the party refuses to reimburse him.
Jamal Daoud, who ran for Clive Palmer’s UAP in Reid’s northwest Sydney headquarters, shared the news on social media last week.
Mr Daoud said: The food he joined the party in hopes he could push for greater freedoms in Australia, baffled by lockdowns and vaccine mandates.
“We found out that this is not a party. There is no branch. There is no committee in the party, we do not know who the directors (are). We don’t know who makes the decisions,” Daoud . said The food.
Daoud said “mismanagement” is responsible for his out-of-pocket expenditure of $6,200 on campaign materials, including corflutes, posters and leaflets.
Because the party only managed to secure one seat in the Victoria Senate, Daoud said the UAP “wasted millions” on a major “mainstream media” campaign that did not target certain voters.
In Reid, he won just 2.58 percent of the vote, with Labor’s Sally Sitou winning the seat over Liberal Party’s Fiona Martin. The marginal seat is only occupied by a Liberal minister or a Minister of Labor.
“The madness here is that the party lost about $100 million and what we’re asking for is (about) $6,000…the lawsuit will be more,” he said.
Jamal Daoud wants to get back the amount he says he lost during the campaign. Credit: Jamal Daoud Go Fund Me Page
While other candidates received consignments of election material well before the May election, Daoud claims that some of his material was instead accidentally sent to party leader Craig Kelly – who ran to Hughes in southern Sydney. Seen in emails by The foodMr Daoud tried months before the elections to rectify this, but was unsuccessful.
Daoud launched a crowdfunding page on June 20 to cover his costs after the party asked him to pay part of the bill, “if not most of it” because the printing was not approved, he said.
The UAP’s only successful candidate, Victorian Senator Ralph Babet, who won the sixth and final seat for the state, said he was pleased with the support he received from the party.
“I and all the candidates I spoke to have been very happy with the support we have received from the UAP headquarters team,” he said. The food in a statement.
“Throughout the election campaign, they were courteous, accommodating and helpful. They provided us with financing and paid for everything needed.
“I can’t blame the head office.”
UAP candidate: ‘This is a scandal, we cannot support this’
Aside from his funding concerns, Mr Daoud also disagreed with the party’s preference for the ‘how to vote’ cards in his electorate. Despite campaigning to “put the Liberals, Labor and Greens last,” he said the first ballot cards for his seat placed Liberal candidate Fiona Martin third, out of eight.
In emails seen by The Feed, Mr Daoud suggested to the party that Ms Martin be ranked sixth, just ahead of Labor and the Greens, as promised, calling the original voting card “a scandal” that he could not supports.
“It shows that we are delivering on our promises, it will not upset conservative voters who support (the) freedom movement and it will give us more votes and give us a better chance of winning the seat,” he wrote in an email. -mail.
“Even Greens voters started mocking us, telling us we are liars in campaigning based on the core promise to put Liberals-Labour-Greens last,” said another.
Mr Daoud wrote to the party asking for preferences in his electorate to keep election promises and put the major parties last. Credit: Delivered/ The Feed australiabusinessblog
Daoud said he was initially optimistic about UAP’s prospects, with candidates telling Zoom meetings they were on their way to big wins. As a result, he claims that other candidates have saved thousands out of their own pockets. But now he thinks he has been deceived.
†[Clive] told people ‘don’t worry, we will win this election’. He made internal polls.”
The party had candidates in all 151 seats in the lower house and in all available seats in the upper house.
The Australian Election Commission reimburses political parties, candidates and senate groups for their election expenses, provided they receive at least four percent of the first preference vote in an election.
Mr Daoud claims that this is not an option for candidates seeking to recover funds as they signed agreements that they were not entitled to the public funding.
The Feed contacted the United Australia Party for comment.