AEC warns Pauline Hanson’s One Nation over false voter fraud claims in cartoon attacking Labor

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AEC warns Pauline Hanson’s One Nation over false voter fraud claims in cartoon attacking Labor

An animated cartoon posted by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has been removed from multiple social media platforms after it was flagged for spreading false claims about election fraud in Australia.

The two-minute animation depicts Labor senate leader Penny Wong bringing a bed-ridden and shirtless Anthony Albanese a bowl of soup before divulging party plans to conduct voter fraud.

Ms Wong’s caricature then references false claims about deceased people voting, postal votes being stolen out of letterboxes and incorrectly states the 2010 election, where Julia Gillard formed a minority government, was swayed by electors fraudulently submitting multiple ballots.

The cartoon also contains a racist trope about the origin of COVID-19.

The video, which has racked up almost 100,000 views across multiple platforms, earned the ire of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), which lodged complaints about the video with the leading social media companies.

At the time of writing, the video has been pulled from Ms Hanson’s Facebook and TikTok accounts. A version of the video on Twitter now carries a “misleading” content warning.

a cartoon of a bed-ridden anthony albanese looking a voting form
The cartoon shows Mr Albanase sick with COVID-19.(YouTube: Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain)

“There is no evidence that the level of apparent multiple voting in Australia has ever been sufficient to overturn the margin in any one contest,” an AEC spokesperson Evan Ekin-Smyth said.

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