The Labor Party has been accused of playing dirty pool over a contentious planning battle in Armadale.
Residents were recently mailed cards with the line "our community deserves better", attacking Prahran Liberal MP Clem Newton-Brown for his comments and actions regarding an Orrong Road development proposal.
The cards carried no party identification other than "authorised by J Lenders", and had a big headline, "Our Community On Orrong Towers".
Local community organisation the Orrong Group is angered by the cards, with many locals assuming it came from them.
"How many people know who John Lenders [state Labor MP] is? It certainly doesn't mention the Australian Labor Party at all," the group's Margot Carroll said.
"We are not supporting either party. We are certainly not happy with the performance of the Coalition and we think the ALP in government and in opposition has done nothing to assist us."
Developer Lend Lease plans a large development at 590 Orrong Road, including 19 buildings, four of which will be 12 storeys. There will be 466 dwellings, 681 car spaces, a convenience store, a cafe and a maternal health centre on the 2.5-hectare site.
The development has faced strong local opposition and Stonnington Council is appealing planning approval in the Supreme Court.
A spokesman for Mr Lenders said the mailout was in response to "constituent inquiries".
"This was a community awareness newsletter sent out to the electorate based on a promise [that] Clem Newton-Brown and Michael O'Brien had made and have not met," he said.
A government spokeswoman said "after being caught out red-handed misleading the community, John Lenders attempts to weasel his way out of, and will say anything to deflect attention away from the simple fact that the infamous ALP dirt unit is up and running again".