Man charged after allegedly assaulting Liberal Party volunteer while spitting over posters of candidates in Blue Mountains

A man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a Liberal Party volunteer in an altercation over political signage removal in New South Wales’s Blue Mountains.

Volunteer Kevin Birch told police he was driving in the town of Lawson when he approached a man on Wednesday evening who was removing a corflute for the Liberal candidate for Macquarie, Sarah Richards.

Police said an argument broke out between the couple before the 53-year-old was allegedly assaulted by another man who had stopped in a nearby car.

Liberal Senator for NSW, Hollie Hughes, described the incident, which was brought to media attention by the party, as unacceptable.

“A 53-year-old man who had his wife and 12-year-old daughter in the car was violently assaulted,” Ms Hughes said.

“The tone of this campaign is certainly worrying when you consider some of the attacks that have taken place, but also the vandalism we have seen across the country.

“It’s absolutely disgusting, this kind of behavior, and it should be named for what it is.”

On Thursday, the 25-year-old driver was arrested in connection with the incident before being charged with assault resulting in bodily harm and ordinary assault.

Greens candidate David Shoebridge is among the candidates who had posters removed during the election campaign.Facebook: David Shoebridge

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Katoomba’s local court in June.

Police said the investigation is continuing to find the man who allegedly removed the corflute.

The NSW Labor Party was approached for comment.

Last week, police launched an investigation into reports that a poster for Green’s Senate candidate David Shoebridge had been torn and stomped by a group that appeared to be wearing liberal campaign clothes in Wentworth’s Sydney seat.

It came after the Australian Electoral Commission said a special task force would investigate allegations that some independent candidates’ campaign posters had been tampered with in violation of electoral laws.

Campaign materials from independent candidates, including Zali Steggall, Sophie Scamps and Georgia Steele, have been allegedly altered to suggest they are from The Greens.

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