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Libs call for AEC probe into candidate

The Liberal Party will ask the Australian Electoral Commission to investigate an alleged electoral breach by Anthony Albanese’s captain’s pick for a Sydney seat.

Labor candidate for Parramatta, Andrew Charlton, has reportedly breached electoral laws by providing the wrong address to the Australian Electoral Commission.

Mr Charlton had listed a Woollahra rental owned by his wife as his place of residence, but had moved to Parramatta last month.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said he expected “the rules to be upheld” when he was grilled about the alleged breach on Saturday.

In response, a coalition campaign spokesman confirmed the Liberal Party will ask authorities to probe the matter.

“This afternoon, the Liberal Party will write to the AEC, requesting an investigation into potential electoral law breaches by Mr Charlton,” the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, in his sixth trip to the Western Sydney seat of Parramatta this campaign, Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with members of the Indian Australian community to announce $250,000 for a kitchen program providing meals for homeless people in an election pledge.

The prime minister was joined by his Liberal candidate Maria Kovacic and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alex Hawke at the Hindu Council of Australia’s Meet and Greet event.

Mr Morrison spoke briefly and took questions from the audience.

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