Postie suspended after he was caught by a woman dumping 500 postal vote applications in a wheelie bin before offering her a $10 bribe
- A postal worker dumped piles of LNP postal vote applications in a wheelie bin
- A resident caught the worker in the act before he allegedly offered a $10 bribe
- LNP senator calls for an investigation into the matter, asks how broad the issue is
An Australia Post worker has been suspended after he was filmed dumping postal vote applications into a grandmother’s wheelie bin, before allegedly offering her a bribe.
Brisbane woman Annette Weller caught the man in the act on her security camera throwing mounds of Liberal National Party election postal vote applications into her bin.
The irate resident confronted the postie, who then allegedly offered her $10 before she yelled at him, ‘no, don’t give me nothing mate, don’t bribe me’.
The incident happened in the electorate of Blair, west of Brisbane, which is a marginal seat held by Labor’s Shayne Neumann.
The postal worker (pictured) was caught on camera allegedly offering the Brisbane grandmother $10
Ms Weller was angry the postie was putting the letters in her bin and said they were crucial for postal voters.
‘That was all important mail for people wanting to go do a postal vote, they’ll be waiting for them and they won’t receive it because they were all dumped in my bin,’ Ms Weller told A Current Affair.
The postal worker initially denied having dumped the mail in her bin, before returning to apologise after Ms Weller told him she had captured him on her CCTV.
The footage revealed the worker opening his wallet, and offering her the $10.
‘I’ll give you $10,’ the man can be heard saying.
Ms Weller responded: ‘No, don’t give me nothing mate. Don’t bribe me. Go f— off.’
The grandmother said she was ‘totally degusted’ with the postman’s actions and called her local LNP Senator Paul Scarr, whose office the letters had been mailed from.
Ms Weller told the Today Show on Saturday the senator ‘was livid’ and ‘couldn’t believe it’.
Annette Weller (pictured) was aghast with the mounds of unsent postal vote applications dumped in her bin
LNP senator Paul Scarr (pictured) was ‘livid’ that mail from his office had been thrown in a bin and called for an investigation, speculating on how widespread the practice could be
The LNP senator said he was ‘disappointed’ and suggested the postal vote application letter dumping could be rampant.
‘I think people have a right to expect better from Australia Post … and it raises a lot of questions in my mind, how widespread is it,’ Mr Scarr said.
‘I expect as a customer of Australia Post, for them to deliver the mail, and I don’t think that’s too much to ask.’
The senator has called for Australia Post to do a thorough probe into the matter, as they were contracted to carry out the application deliveries for $13,000.
Australia Post Group CEO Paul Graham said they had suspended the worker, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, and are working with police.
‘We are working with the LNP to deliver these mail items as a priority. We take full responsibility and apologise unreservedly,’ his statement said.
Federal government spokesman Simon Birmingham said on Saturday that the incident was ‘deeply disturbing’.
The Australian Electoral Commission said the incident ‘has no effect on the operation of the election whatsoever and that voters can access in-person voting’.
Those needing a postal vote can apply via the AEC website directly.
Postal votes are expected to surge this year, with voters keen to avoid crowds and long queues in the looming May 21 federal election – the first since Covid hit the country.
Piles of LNP postal vote applications were dumped in the grandmother’s wheelie bin