Labor robocalls target Greens

LABOR has switched focus in the final days of the election campaign, using robocalls to launch an attack on the Greens.

As polls show their former minority government partners could win more seats at Saturday's election, Labor has targeted the Greens in a robocall to 80,000 homes across the state the past two nights.  

North-West Coast Labor stalwart Norm Britton voices the call, telling people who work in industries such as forestry and aquaculture: ``The Greens want to destroy your job''. 

It is not the first time Labor has used the tactic, but ALP state secretary John Dowling said it was the first time during the campaign that the Greens had been targeted.

``The extremists in the Greens party are taking hold,'' Mr Dowling said. 

Labor sparked controversy in the final week of the 2010 election campaign by using robocalls alleging the Greens wanted to legalise heroin.

Mr Dowling denied the calls were prompted by fears the Greens could win more seats than Labor and form the official Opposition.

``To be frank, I think it's rubbish.'' 

Labor is the only major party that has used the automatic calling technique during the campaign. 

Meanwhile, Mr Dowling has complained to the Tasmanian Electoral Commission about a letter from Palmer United Party boss Clive Palmer distributed to Tasmanian letterboxes which names the Premier without her consent. 

Mr Palmer, who was in Hobart yesterday before flying to Launceston today, said he did not care if he had broken the law. 

``I'm happy to go to jail for that, I'm happy to be like Ghandi,'' Mr Palmer said.  


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