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May 28, 2014

The partisan PM&C site that may have broken the law

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has been pinged uploading partisan material in potential breach of the Electoral Act, Labor's John Faulkner has found.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

A website run by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has been hosting Liberal advertising election material that appears to breach the Commonwealth Electoral Act, in an apparent violation of the government’s own rules for partisan material.

The possible breach of both internal government guidelines and electoral laws was uncovered by Labor Senator John Faulkner yesterday in estimates hearings of the Finance and Public Administration committee.

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7 thoughts on “The partisan PM&C site that may have broken the law

  1. paddy

    One more straw on the camel’s back.
    The poor beast is certainly overloaded right now.

  2. teraluno mercur

    I am trying to be objective sbout the government , but the more I see what they do the harder it gets .They really just seem to change the rules to suit their purposes , or just don’t abide by them . What use are laws or rules when governments can just suspend them to suit there own political needs and without penalty . They are just really dishonest people . The prime minister of this country is considered the most despicable and untrustworthy person in it . Pure Kafka.

  3. klewso

    What’s the good of being objective, while the government itself is trying it’s best to set as many objectionable standards as it’s time permits?

  4. pinkocommierat

    Nobody in PM&C would be discussing these events via social media… PM&C’s the department that encourages its employees to rat on one another!

  5. Liamj

    Isn’t there a thinning of DPMC civil servants going on at the moment? See who gets the moon door, maybe they can then provide evidence of eg. Credlin being responsible for breaking the rules. Tony without Peta – now that would be entertainment.

  6. AR

    It’s only a technical law for little people, not meant for such as they.

  7. Nedkel

    Abbott and co clearly believe that absolutely no Australian or International applies to them. It is time they were taught the opposite. Where is the AFP, or has it no interest in investigating breaches of Australian law?

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