With South Australia's Mayo by-election this Saturday, an article in today's The Australian mentions Centre Alliance candidate Rebekha Sharkie's ex-husband with allegations that he denies. The newspaper claims he threatened to contact the Liberal Party with damaging allegations about her.
Ms Sharkie (pictured) told the paper she had to call Australian Federal Police as a result.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says these sort of smears are unedifying in politics and are unnecessary in any context.
On ABC Radio Adelaide this morning, South Australian Liberal Senator Simon Birmingham denied the Liberal Party was behind the smear campaign but did point to Ms Sharkie having voted with Labor 58% of the time while she was was the member for Mayo.
Senator Bernardi says Ms Sharkie shouldn't have her personal life dragged into the campaign.
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