Two days after played a small part in the shock defeat of Jeff Kennett on September 18, 1999, the following hotmail lobbed from someone calling themselves Colonel Walter Kurtz.

You're a little c***, but as someone who's worked as either a pressie or political advisor for two federal cabinet ministers and a state premier, I've got to say that I firmly believe your site was crucial to Saturday's outcome. You have won the dubious - but significant - honour of being the Matt Drudge of Australian politics.