|WARREN ENTSCH WITH JUST ONE|
PETITION FROM CONSTITUENTS THAT
HE'S IGNORED DURING HIS TERM
AS MINISTER FOR BLOGGERS
We have this week been made aware that, for the first time, this Federal Parliamentary election has seen Parliamentary and Australian Public Service employees and resources being used by the coalition government to monitor political websites, and report back to the members. Illegally.
You can't make this shit up.
When the election was first called, HBW and our IT support noticed a huge increase in the number of connections coming from "anonymous", connection-hiding tools. One of which was found to be based in Canberra. But even more ominously, we have also logged connections from several computers located in the Department of Parliamentary Services. Something that we know normally occurs daily. But these are connections that should have ended when the election was called and the government entered caretaker conventions.
|EXTRACT OF HBW LOGS SHOWING DATE AND TIME OF APS CONNECTIONS|
TO THE HILLBILLY WATCH
Insiders have told HBW that the Cairns-based Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is continuing to receive daily reports and summaries of the HBW and other political websites from this department.
Legal experts have advised that this would appear to be flat-out illegal. Additionally, if Australian Public Service (APS) employees at the Parliament are engaged in these activities, they are in violation of the APS Code of Values, section 1.13.
Other political websites in Australia have reported that similar monitoring has continued of their publications, and in most cases increased in frequency. And at least one high-profile website has noted their logs also now include connections from the Australian Federal Police.
We have filed a complaint with the Australian Electoral Commission. We urge any others aware of any details of this government monitoring of the election process to make a similar report.
This marks a new low in dirty-tricks by a government trying to protect their majority. Typical.