A Chinese Australian Liberal candidate has found himself a victim of racist graffiti. George Hua, a candidate of Hotham, was shocked to find that one of his billboards, located on Tucker Rd, Bentleigh East, in Melbourne, was defaced with the words “NO CHINA” and an “X” over his face, reports The Australian. “Several people notified me this morning, and a Liberal member who drove past and saw it even got out of his car, trying to remove it but couldn’t,” he said.
Racist and Sinophobic graffiti targeting, George Hua, the Liberal Candidate for Hotham. pic.twitter.com/mZS03qXLpl
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George Hua has lived in Australia for the past 18 years. The Shanghai native works as a councillor for the City of Kingston. He is campaigning in Hotham to upset Labor incumbent Clare O’Neil. Hotham is a culturally diverse neighborhood with almost 50 percent of its people born overseas.
“This is about crimes and hate … this should have no place in our elections, absolutely no place,” Prime minister Scott Morrison told reporters. Furthermore, he called on anyone with information to come forward to fight against this “appalling” incident.
Although racist attacks against politicians are nothing new, Hua revealed it was “shocking” and was taken back when he first saw the billboard on Saturday.
“Shocked to find out this racist graffiti on my billboard sign in Bentleigh East. There should have no place for this kind of behaviour in this election. I will keep fighting for Hotham and for my sign,” Hua wrote on Instagram.
This isn’t the first time that George Hua’s campaign has been attacked. Just last week in April, his website was hacked which caused it to be blacklisted.
“After some investigation, we realised that the contact form on my website was frequently triggered by some program to keep sending spam email to me. This triggered the hosting company to blacklist GeorgeHua.com.au.” Hua said on a Facebook post. “It is a deliberate act to use software to attack my website and eventually caused the site to be black-listed and malfunctioned. I’ll keep fighting for Hotham and for my website.”
George Hua told The Australian that he doesn’t have a clue who attacked him but he hopes to put this behind him and get back to discussing policies. “We can debate on policies and hold different opinions,” he said, “but graffiti posters and hacking website are just outrageous.”