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Officeworks refuses Anning party print job

Friday, 17 May 2019
By Jake Nelson

Far-right senator Fraser Anning heads the Conservative National Party. (Image: Facebook)

A Sydney Officeworks has refused to print material for a candidate standing for far-right senator Fraser Anning’s Conservative National Party, which claimed Australia was “overrun by an Islamic element intent on imposing the vile sharia law”.

Refused service: Brian Clare.

Brian Clare, the Conservative National Party candidate for former PM Tony Abbott’s seat of Warringah on Sydney’s North Shore, was refused service at Hornsby Officeworks for a print run of 1000 leaflets.

The material called for a ban on Muslims migrating to Australia; censorship of the Quran “to remove hatred killing clauses of Whites/Christians”; and an “AUSEXIT” from what he called the “dictatorial” United Nations, which he alleges is “Islamic states controlled”, among other right-wing policy proposals.

In a statement, Officeworks stood by the manager’s decision to refuse service.

“At Officeworks, we respect our customers’ right to free speech; however, our terms of use prohibit customers from printing materials which may be threatening, abusive, or which incite hatred of any person,” the company said.

Clare vented his anger in the local Manly Daily newspaper, accusing staff at the Officeworks of reading his material without his permission. The candidate previously stood for the far-right Rise Up Australia party in the seat of Paterson in 2016.

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