Monday, 18 April 2016

Australian Federal Election 2016: Ooopps!

Receiving an honourable mention on the slippery slope of media attention are; a missing rare coin, Liberal MP for Corangamite Sarah Henderson's election campaign corflutes, the Liberal Party of Australia, Liberal Senator for Victoria and Australian Minister for Vocational Education & Skills Scott Ryan, along with Prime Minister Malcolm Bligh Turnbull's failure to notice the homophobe and 457 visas., 14 April 2016:

It has the hallmarks of an episode of The West Wing: the Prime Minister was given a rare and precious artefact. The artefact went missing. And now the staffer who was supposed to have been looking after the artefact is gone.

Electrical Trades Union on Twitter, 14 April 2016:
Herald Sun, 12 April 2016:

ACCESS to a confidential database that holds federal Cabinet ministers’ personal contact details was issued to a non-government employee because he shared the name of a current political staffer.
In an embarrassing breach of the Liberal Party’s “secure” website protocols ahead of this year’s federal election, an adviser to a crossbench senator was issued with personal login details to the site that contains confidential internal government documents and policy briefing notes.
An email sent on behalf of Liberal Party federal director Tony Nutt provided Chris Evans, an adviser to independent Victorian senator John Madigan, with a password to the site while it also outlined security protocols around its strict access.
Government sources yesterday told the Herald Sun it should be viewed as potentially a “serious security breach” and labelled it “incredibly sloppy”.
Approved access to the site known as Jeparit Town, a reference to the rural Victorian birthplace of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister, Sir Robert Menzies, is reserved for “approved personnel” including Liberal MPs and senators, candidates and senior staff.
It is viewed as an important source of information that also includes “talking points” for media interviews, personal phone numbers of parliamentarians and staff, political artwork, and training materials.

The Canberra Times, 12 April 2016:

Vocational Education Minister Scott Ryan has been left red faced for giving a speech to a national training organisation that not only lifted – without attribution – quotes directly from the association's own journal, but also praised the "current" work of an entity that no longer exists.
Last Thursday Senator Ryan delivered the keynote address to Group Training Australia's national conference in Adelaide.
GTA is the body representing Australia's largest employer network of apprentices and trainees.
In his address the minister lauded the work of a Charters Towers based trainer Rural Industry and Extension, or RITE, for providing training right across northern Australia.
He spoke of RITE being both a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and an official Group Training Organisation (GTO) "responsible for one of the largest regions in the world, extending across Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia".
By this point, eyebrows were already being raised in the audience…...

Geelong Advertiser, 11 April 2016:

A FORMER Victorian Liberal candidate who was once disowned by his party over homophobic comments has been awarded the party’s most prestigious award for young members.
Aaron Lane was given the meritorious youth award at the party’s state council in Victoria on Saturday.
The award was presented by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who understands was not aware of the 2014 controversy.
The honour comes less than two years after Mr Lane was forced to resign his candidacy in the upper house Western Victorian Region over a series of derogatory tweets.
Mr Lane published tweets including the word “faggot” and saying, “The problem is (IMO) many homos make their sexuality a defining aspect of their being.”
He also called Labor figures Simon Crean and former speaker Peter Slipper “a giant C”…..

7 News, 5 Februrary 2016:

7 News can reveal a truck driver who sparked traffic chaos, shutting down the M5 East on Friday, is here working on a 457 visa. The driver is so inexperienced that he couldn't reverse after realising his truck was too tall to enter the airport tunnel. Chris Reason reports.


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