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Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce and Victorian premier Daniel Andrews.

Australian politicians might campaign on strong borders and security, but many of them are running websites that are at risk of being compromised. A local study of hundreds of state MPs' websites revealed several security blind spots which could result in leaks of users’ data and unencrypted messages being read. 

In addition, an international study of 7500 politicians’ websites in 37 countries showed that almost 38% of Australian politicians had unsecured websites without HTTPS encryption. The study revealed that the worst performing party -- with 41% of websites that were unsecured -- was the LNP (36 out of 89 websites), and right behind them was the Labor Party -- with 37.5% (33 out of 88) of websites that were unsecured.