Media Release: Cate Molloy calls on all Sunshine Coast Super Council Candidates to boycott OSCAR
24th February 2008
Ms Cate Molloy, Division 9 Candidate for the Sunshine Coast Super Council (and former Member for Noosa) today called on all Council and Mayoral candidates to boycott the group called OSCAR (Organisation of Sunshine Coast Associations of Residents).
OSCAR claims to represent the interests of the residents of the Sunshine Coast and is interviewing candidates with a view to promoting those it favours.
"However, Oscar so far refuses to be transparent by identifying its member organisations," Cate Molloy said.
"This is extremely worrying. Any group can purport to be representing the community but actually be a front for any sort of vested interests," she said.
"If OSCAR refuses to be transparent and accountable to the community, just as all candidates are expected to be, then it must be boycotted by all candidates," said Ms Molloy.
"OSCAR must also answer allegations that it actually approached certain candidates to run before the election writs were issued," she said.
"If this is the case, this group can hardly pretend not to be biased," Cate Molloy said.
"True democracy has no place for shady interest groups which refuse too identity just who their members are, and who they represent, " said Cate Molloy.
"For any candidate to allow him/herself to be interviewed by this group is to reward this questionable group with credibility,' said Cate.
"This should not be allowed," she said.
Enquiries: Cate Molloy
Peregian Beach, Queensland