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Police on the hunt for two men involved in vile Tony Abbott posters

An offensive poster targeting former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been put up on Sydney’s North Shore.

Listeners phoned Steve Price after seeing the two signs on Spit Rd, before and after the Spit Bridge, at Seaforth and Mosman.

Both show an image of the member for Warringah’s face.

One has the word “Pell” across Mr Abbott’s forehead and has been posted on the outside wall of a day care centre at Seaforth.

The centre has been receiving abusive phone calls from supporters of Tony Abbott, accusing them of allowing the poster to be posted.

Sign of Tony Abbott with the word ‘Pell’ written on his forehead

NSW Police has released CCTV footage of the men believed to be involved.

Both men are described as being Caucasian in appearance, both aged in their late 20s or early 30s.

The owner of the centre, Rita, has phoned Steve Price after going out and scraping the sign off her wall herself.

“It’s disgraceful. I have no words.

“I’ve got staff who are in tears after receiving these phone calls. Which is not okay.

“It’s a very dirty campaign but just keep innocent people out of it.”

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The other sign has a vile expletive written across Mr Abbott’s forehead and has been placed above a bus stop on the extremely busy Spit Hill heading towards Mosman.

Sign of Tony Abbott’s head with the word ‘c***’ on the forehead

Listener Mick rang in to tell Steve Price he was there when the posters were being put up in the early hours of the morning.

“I saw it this morning when they were putting them up. I’m a tradie, it was at four o’clock in the morning.”

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Another caller has told Steve Price he spoke with police who were supervising its removal.

Senior government minister Angus Taylor tells Steve Price, Mr Abbott deserves respect for decades of public service.

“To treat him this way is a disgrace.

“I’m confident most that Australians don’t buy into this stuff, and they shouldn’t.”

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Liberal Senator Conchetta Fierravanti-Wells tells Steve Price, whoever is responsible for the posters should be ashamed.

“This is a new low, a new low in political life.

“I’ve been involved in political life since the early 1990s and I have to say, Steve, that this is absolutely digusting.”

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

Tony Abbott has responded to the posters, saying he’s never seen this sort of thing in politics before.

“I think this is a new nastiness in Australian politics.

“I say to all the decent people in Australia, if you want to try to lift the tone of our public life… don’t, in any way, give aid and comfort to these nasty elements.”

The Alan Jones Breakfast Show has put in calls to left-wing activist group GetUp and to Tony Abbott’s political opponent in the seat of Warringah, Zali Steggall.

Ms Steggall has now released a statement, denying any involvement in the smear campaign.

 

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