Arson attempt on Qld Labor candidate’s car

An attempted arson attack against the car of a Labor candidate in Queensland is under investigation as she vows not to be intimidated.

Belinda Hassan’s car was broken into, and a plastic bag was stuffed into her fuel tank and set alight.

The candidate for Dawson noticed the fuel cap was open in the morning and called the police. The car is easily identifiable as part of her campaign.

“This has been a scary incident – and it’s extremely concerning behaviour in the context of a campaign. Politics should be better than these dirty tactics,” Ms Hassan said in a statement.

“I’m pretty disgusted that instead of fighting on policy, someone has resorted to a dangerous attempt at intimidation.

“I’ll keep fighting for a fair go for our region because I know the local community deserves better than the hand they’ve been dealt under the Liberals.”

Queensland Police officers have tested the car for fingerprints and DNA evidence.

Dawson is held by Liberal National MP George Christensen on a margin of 3.4 per cent.

“There is no room for cowardly attacks against public figures – in or out of politics – in Australia,” Mr Christensen wrote on his Facebook page.

“Anyone who supports a free and democratic society should join me in condemning this disgraceful act and calling for those involved to be punished to the full extent of the law.”

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