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22 July 2013


In a frightening development, political bloggers around Australia are reporting stepped-up surveillance since Kevin Rudd resumed as Prime Minister after deposing Julia Gillard.

Bloggers routinely get read by government workers, and bloggers routinely monitor where their readers are located.  Some of these hits are part of routine media monitoring of their constituents.  Some hits are from local and Australian Federal Police - monitoring which steps-up prior to ministerial visits to Cairns.  However different than this normal level of monitoring, political blogs are now seeing a new level of politically-driven surveillance from the government.

And this SPYING is coming from the so-called non-partisan "DEPARTMENT OF PARLIAMENTARY SERVICES".  The DPS is supposed to be the "principal support agency" for the Parliament.  The Catalog of DPS Services lists a variety of services that can be ordered by a Member, or their staff.  Press conference support, audio/visual equipment, photos of the Members, crockery and cutlery, and even the ubiquitous Aussie barbeque.  All services provided by the DPS.

Bloggers around Australia are now shocked to see POLITICALLY-DIRECTED SPYING coming from the computers in the Department of Parliamentary Services!

Bloggers in Cairns have reported this spying here, along with other bloggers across Australia.  Many blog systems report the nature of the "search terms" being used by the monitoring agency.  In the case of the Hillbilly Watch blog, we are seeing searches on the names of opposition candidates!  Clearly political spying!

This DPS monitoring has just started - coincident with Kevin Rudd becoming Prime Minister.  We've seen in excess of 30 separate hits on our logs since Rudd took control.

An inquiry about this monitoring seeking an explanation was sent to DPS Chief Information Officer Beata Nissen earlier today.  No response has been received.  Among the questions that need to be answered - who's ordered the spying, and what is being done with the information being collected? 

Legal experts advise that this kind of spying by the DPS is likely illegal.  We've applied for whistleblower protection with the Commonwealth Government.

Ironically, just weeks ago legislation to remove the DPS from Freedom of Information scrutiny was rammed thru Parliament in 11 minutes, unopposed by either major party.  And just weeks later, the DPS has started acting as a spy agency for the Parliament.

More Soon. . . .


CBD Warrior said...

Goodonya Hillbilly for exposing the rat bastards running this country.

ruby said...

I was in a yahoo chatroom back in 2003 with people from all over the world expressing our outrage at the Iraq War, wherein almost all of us said that the weapons of mass destruction excuse was bullshit. I recall someone from London took us through the steps to show us who was watching the chatroom. There were several with Washington addys. So this government surveillance is not new.

Anonymous said...

Would never have happened if Kevin Byrne was Prime Minister!

Spartacus said...

I Read Hillbilly Watch

Johnno Nixon said...

So friggin what, tell em f..k um. When they pay me a visit being an aged pensioner they can help me do a bit around the house.

Anonymous said...

I spy with my little eye

Anonymous said...

Didn't Wazza start all this when he raised the matter of Blogs in Parliament? I remember HBW had words on this.

Anonymous said...

Lets get Maxwell Smart on to this . He knows how to deal with KAOS

jim-bob jnr said...

Of course the spooks and fooks are fucken watching. I mean posting on a blogsite or facebook isn't like having a nice cosy roll around the hay with the missus is it?