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James Newbury crossfit, resident in Brighton south-east of Melbourne’s CBD

Before the election, a key mistake made by an MP angers voters.

A confused homeowner couldn't figure out who put a big sign with the face of his local MP on his fence without his permission.

A frustrated homeowner didn't understand why a huge sign for his local MP's campaign was put up on his fence without his permission.

The person who lived in Brighton, which is south-east of Melbourne's city center, got angry when they saw a huge sign that said "Vote 1, James Newbury, Liberal Victoria."

On Friday, a friend of the homeowner posted a picture of the sign to social media.

"My friend is the owner of the house, and he did not give permission for this sign to go up at all. The campaign has already been asked to take it down. They also work for an independent group in the area, so they are very angry," the writers wrote.

The MP's team made a costly mistake just two months before Victoria's new parliament is chosen on November 26.

Later, a tech-savvy friend of the homeowner wrote that the sign would be taken down. He said, "James has apologized to them (the homeowner) and visited them. It was said to happen first thing on Monday."

On Saturday, Mr. Newbury said that this was true.

"Unfortunately, a sign was put up next to a house instead of where it was supposed to be," the MP said in a statement to

"As soon as I found out, I went to the house myself and apologized. The homeowner was kind to accept the apology.

"The local small business that puts up the signs was told right away to move it as soon as possible to the fence next door."

James Newbury crossfit, resident in Brighton south-east of Melbourne’s CBD
A sign for James Newbury was put on a fence in Brighton.
James Newbury, an MP for Brighton, had his sign messed with.
James Newbury, an MP for Brighton, had his sign messed with.

The Member for Brighton was elected to the Victorian parliament for the first time in November 2018. Since 1856, the electorate of Brighton has been the only place where the Liberal Party has held a seat.

Mr. Newbury is the Special Minister of State and the Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Equality, and Bay Protection.

In May, a similar thing happened when a homeowner got back at the Liberal candidate for Holt, Ranj Perera, for putting a big sign on a fence without permission.

Duncan Turner, the planning and building manager for the City of Casey council, said that at the time, political candidates had to get permission from landowners before putting up political signs on private property.

"If a landowner gives permission, you don't need a planning permit from the council to put up an election sign on private property, as long as there's only one sign, it's no bigger than 5 square meters, it's not lit up, and it's not up for more than 14 days after the election," he said.

Everyone knows that this is the same for every council.


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