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Woods campaign probably misled voters

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Instead of dreaming up baseless conspiracy theories about other candidates, perhaps Byron shire councillor Diane Woods should explain to the community a few murky facts about her own Council campaign.

For a start, it’s now clear that Woods’ team had a budget nearly triple that of any other group.

This comprised professional consultants, a marketing team, electronic signage and a front-page advertorial in The Australian newspaper; yet Cr Woods doesn’t think the community should know where her campaign war-chest originated.

Secondly, why are Queenslanders throwing big money into Woods’ campaign?

What connection does Queensland donor, Tory Smith, have to Byron shire and why did she give $4,000 to Woods’ campaign? To say she is a ‘really nice lady’ simply doesn’t cut it.

Finally, it’s about time the Woods’ ‘True Independents’ team admitted they’re not independent, but aligned with the pro-CSG National Party.

This is evidenced by Woods’ support for federal National Party candidate Matthew Fraser and her teammate, Cr Alan Hunter, being a local National Party chairman and former National Party candidate.

To claim Woods’ team is ‘Independent’ probably misled many voters.

It’s about time Cr Woods put into practice the ‘absolute transparency’ she expects of all candidates.

Graeme Williams, Mullumbimby

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