THE high cost of election posters has not deterred vandals from defacing them in the seat of Fowler.
But it's not just a hit on one party. Images of both the Labor candidate, Chris Hayes, and the Liberal candidate, Andrew Nguyen, have been marked.
Mr Hayes has been left with a large grey cross on his portrait, and red has been sprayed on Mr Nguyen's mouth and eyes.
The cost of a corflute (plastic) poster is almost $10, so Mr Hayes says he doesn't plan to have them reprinted.
"You do it on a large scale and it's a lot of money," Mr Hayes said. "And it's all privately raised funds to do that.
"I have indicated to Andrew [Nguyen] that in all my time in politics, I have never defaced or encouraged others to deface or damage other people's property. I have trust that my supporters wouldn't either. I would operate as I do in business — ethically."
But an argument about election posters is not a high priority for Mr Hayes.
"I'm not interested in having a debate about placards," he said. "I have too much on my plate and I don't have a team to go around replacing them. I will retrieve them after the election. I won't keep throwing money at it for someone's pleasure or dodgy politics."
Mr Nguyen said it was not only the seat of Fowler where posters were defaced.
"Unfortunately it is one of the realities of election campaigning," he said.
But, like Mr Hayes, Mr Nguyen does not see the defacing as a big concern.
"I am focused on campaigning and meeting and speaking to as many residents of Fowler as possible leading up to election day," he said.