Australian poll gets murderous

BRISBANE (Reuter) - An Australian political party has been blamed for the murder of a teenage girl in one of the most extraordinary election campaign outbursts in the country's history.

In newspaper and television advertisements for the Queensland state election on 19 September, the conservative Liberal Party accused the ruling Labor Party of causing the murder of Cheree Richardson in May 1991 through lax jail policies. A Liberal Party advertisement headlined 'Cheree Richardson Murdered' appeared in Queensland newspapers on Sunday.

The advert, which depicted a framed photograph of Richardson with the glass smashed, read: 'She should be alive today. She's dead because Labor's policies freed her killer from jail before he'd finished his sentence.'

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