Gold Coast mayoral candidate accused of perjury

Gold Coast mayoral candidate accused of perjury

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A former Gold Coast mayoral candidate “deliberately minimised” her knowledge of gifts in kind made to her campaign by a prominent union, the Brisbane District Court has been told.

Penny Toland in on trial for one count of perjury, accused of giving false information to a June 2017 Crime and Corruption Commission hearing into the 2016 local government elections.

Penny Toland leaves the District Court in Brisbane on Monday.Credit:AAP

Toland lost her race against incumbent Tom Tate, but not before securing $38,000 in “gift in kind” donations from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

Some of the funds were used to pay for bus advertisements, which Toland claims she did not know about until after they had gone up.