Oct 21, 2013

When MPs (and journalists) should not use their own phones

Watch out, MPs and journalists: the AFP may be tracking your phone calls. Whistleblowers and leakers run the risk of being tracked down if they call an MP or a journo.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor


Australian Federal Police access details of parliamentarians’ phone records in order to track down leakers, the AFP admitted to a Senate committee shortly before the election.


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12 thoughts on “When MPs (and journalists) should not use their own phones

  1. Interrobanging On

    Call me a cynic, but should the Coalition worry about the AFP checking their phones? After all, they are on the same side.

    Journalists, the ALP, Greens, everyone else etc….OK, very good points.

  2. Kevin & Julie Harris

    Dear Bernard

    What ever you do, Bernard, don’t call me and Julie.

    Please use only courier-pigeon, preferably Blue Bar or Black check. The occasional Choc Speckle is ok, but they tend to be a bit unreliable.

    Or, you can also use paper aeroplanes with the messages written underneath the wings. The AFP never look under the wings.

    If all these methods fail, as you know, we can always attach a long piece of string between to empty peach cans between Canberra and Frankston and communicate that way.

    But failing even that, Julie has volunteered to be a runner between the trenches. She is actually a very fast runner, particularly when she is being shot at…practise makes perfect.

    Yours Sincerely

    Kevin & Julie Harris

  3. Venise Alstergren

    “No longer need to retain data such as called numbers for billing purposes?” Well I dare say one excuse is as good as another. Where’s all this Democracy Australia is meant to be on about?

    Constitutional Affairs Committee: chaired by Scott Morrison?

  4. Venise Alstergren

    KEVIN & JULIE HARRIS: The only problem with your idea is Carrier Pigeons can be shot.

  5. klewso

    Big Bother is watching.

  6. Venise Alstergren

    KLEWSO: Shiver, shiver-and I’m not joking!

  7. Raaraa

    Now I’m afraid if my messenger ravens would be shot down.

  8. Kevin & Julie Harris

    Dear Mrs Venise Alstergren

    Bill Lawry told me and Julie that his pigeons can fly to 10,000 FT.

    But Julie reckons the best way is to fly them at ground level, but the only problem with that is all the drone traffic over people’s backyard’s might make it a bit congested.

    It’s problem, we know.

    Yours Sincerely

    Kevin & Julie Harris

  9. Harry Rogers

    I just wonder how long this has been going on. I presume since telephones were invented.

    Consider those people who spy on us as the dribblers in your class at school who have a vindictive streak and wish to “show” everybody that they are really “somebody” .

    I suspect intelligence agencies are full of these people.

    Why would you apply for a job spying on your neighbours.

    You would have tobe totally insecure or inept at hanling life or vindictive towards somebody. Our previous AFP chief shows certain of these attributes.

    David Irvine says ” ASIO chief David Irvine says he can’t sleep as stream of Australians head overseas for terrorism training”

    Well David maybe you could sleep better if you tell us who they are and why they do these things. Are they not psychologically unstable and why cant you suggest they have treatment? Opps thats a privacy issue isn’t David.????

  10. Mike Flanagan

    With Telstra’s inability to deliver a service in my district Bernard’s fascination with wire tappers and spooks is but an irrelevant blip on the horizon.
    The combined telephonic and internet drop out signals would deny the spooks the ability to understand or interpret any conversation or missive.

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