Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fake Letters Used in Smear Campaign; Correspondence to Northern Star Proves to Be False

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fake Letters Used in Smear Campaign; Correspondence to Northern Star Proves to Be False

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Byline: MEL MCMILLAN mel.mcmillan@northernstar.com.au

WITH a plot straight from the pages of an Agatha Christie novel the mayor of the Richmond Valley, Col Sullivan, has become the victim of a poisonous pen.

The mayor began to suspect something was foul in the valley when a series of letters to the editor accusing him of falling down in his mayoral obligations began to appear in The Northern Star.

"I ignored the first one or two," Cr Sullivan said.

But then as more letters appeared he put on his houndstooth hat and began to do some detective work.

"I looked in the phone book and on the electoral roll. These people didn't exist," he said.

The letters mostly complained that the mayor was failing to attend functions.

However, Cr Sullivan said the accusations were false.

He has missed only one function and that was because he received the invitation the day before it was on.

On other occasions, when the mayor was already booked, deputy mayor Shirley Wheatley attended functions in his place. …

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