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Footage sought in MP election challenges

By AAP Newswire

The ABC and Sky News will be asked to provide footage of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg at polling booths as part of a legal challenge to his election and that of fellow Liberal MP Gladys Liu.

The challenge centres on alleged illegal conduct during the election campaign involving Chinese-language posters, which when translated suggested the "right way to vote" was to put the Liberal Party first.

The Liberal-authorised signs were displayed at polling booths in Mr Frydenberg's electorate of Kooyong and Ms Liu's electorate of Chisholm, both in Melbourne, on election day in May.

Failed Kooyong candidate Oliver Yates is spearheading the case again Mr Frydenberg, while climate campaigner Vanessa Garbett is challenging Ms Liu's election.

They argue the signs mimicked the Australian Electoral Commission's official purple and white colours, contained no Liberal branding and did not refer to Liberal candidates by name or policies.

At a case management hearing in the Federal Court in Melbourne on Friday, the lawyer for Mr Yates and Ms Garbett - Lisa De Ferrari SC - sought subpoenas for the ABC, and the parent company for Sky News, Australian News Channel.

They hope the news footage will shed further light on Mr Frydenberg's movements on election day, and sought a further subpoena for the company that printed the signs, Southern Colour.

The subpoena requests weren't opposed by the lawyer for Mr Frydenberg and Ms Liu, Philip Solomon QC, and were signed off by Chief Justice James Allsop.

The organisations will receive requests to hand over footage by the end of Monday and need to fulfil them by October 23

The court case will start on November 6, with three days set aside to hear it.

Mr Solomon intends to call two witnesses - former Liberal Party of Victoria director Simon Frost and a Chisholm polling booth volunteer.

Mr Frost, who signed off on the controversial signs and is now one of Mr Frydenberg's senior advisers, will face most of the questioning.

"The bulk of our evidence will be his," Mr Solomon said.

Ms De Ferrari said her side would provide evidence from another polling booth volunteer and their instructor.

The AEC will provide data it has obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on the number of voters who fall within specific categories.

AEC lawyer James Renwick SC says that includes voters who only speak Cantonese.

Earlier this week, the AEC urged the court to throw out both cases, rejecting suggestions the signs misled voters.