It’s possible Kevin Rudd may have been behind a community campaign to independently support him, going on photos supplied by a reader. Apparently signs that weren’t official ALP signs, supporting Kevin went up without being authorised. The authorisation was written on in pen later on in the day when the lapse was pointed out to the returning officer.
Astroturfing refers to a political campaign which is supposed to be grassroots, but is actually organised by the organisation it is supporting.
But it’s also possible that it was an independent operation, as I didn’t see these signs at Coorparoo when I voted, and you would think that I should have. Astroturfing being what it is, we’re not likely to ever know for sure, but they’re authorised by A Hunter, 30 Moonie Avenue, Murarrie. I’ve put a phone call in, but as of 7:00 a.m. this morning, no-one seems to be home. Perhaps they are at work, or perhaps they have moved out while the house is sold. I’ll keep trying.
You can see that the signs look pretty professional.They’re corflutes and it looks like Vote for Kevin Rudd has been screened onto them. The authorisation is either scrawled on, as in the one below, or someone has printed it onto a sticker which has been stuck on the sign.