Council said independent’s signs are allowed under planning provisions but Tim Wilson insists they can’t be erected until election called

Independent challenger Zoe Daniel claims her campaign has been cleared by Bayside City Council of prematurely erecting political signs but federal Liberal MP Tim Wilson still believes she jumped the gun.

The council issued a statement on Wednesday stating that although the federal election had not yet to be been called “we are within the [three-month] period in which an election must be held” so it would allow the signs.

The statement was later taken down following a complaint from the Wilson campaign that the council had incorrectly calculated the timing of the election.

More 'signs' @zdaniel is getting traction across #GoldsteinVotes electorate

It's time to get our #ZoeForGoldstein fence signs up & win this seat!

This election is different. Our future can't wait!
If not us, who? If not now, when?@GoldsteinVoices @angelapippos @mixhelle

— Sue Barrett Better Business for Sustainable World (@SueBarrett) February 13, 2022


Daniel is one of a crop of independent candidates backed by fundraising vehicle Climate 200 running for parliament on a platform of integrity, greater action on climate change and better treatment of women.

Although Wilson holds the blue-ribbon seat of Goldstein on an 8% margin it is threatened by the independent challenge.

Bayside Council has confirmed that our campaign signs are legal and do not require a permit. Thank you to our campaign supporters for your continuing strength, dedication and support. #FindYourVoice #GoldsteinVotes Onward!

— Zoe Daniel (@zdaniel) February 23, 2022


Guardian Australia understands Wilson has appealed against the decision, on the basis of parliamentary library advice that 3 September is the deadline for the House of Representatives election, not 21 May which is the deadline for a combined lower house and Senate election.

The council statement was no longer available online on Wednesday night and the council was contacted for comment.

Wilson has also taken aim in recent days at Daniel’s voting record, arguing her vote for Labor in 2019 amounted to a vote “to introduce a retiree tax”.