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A statement from Lynton Crosby,

Liberal Party Campaign Director

 

Beazley’s double standards on ethics

 

It is time for Mr Beazley to demonstrate his self-proclaimed ethical leadership.

 

Mr Beazley must do more than sack the staff member responsible for encouraging people to commit the Federal offence of computer hacking

 

Mr Beazley must guarantee that the criminal attacks upon the Liberal Party website earlier this week will not recur.

 

Mr Beazley must guarantee that Mr Paul Gill, who has been identified as the staff member in question ( Herald-Sun, 3 September ), has nothing more to do with this federal election campaign - or any other campaign.

 

Mr Beazley must guarantee that any other Labor Party staffer, member or worker responsible for any of the 32 changes to the Liberal website is also sacked.

 

But Mr Beazley needs to do a lot more if he is to live up to his supposedly higher standards.

 

Kim Beazley must apologise to the Australian public, especially to those who unknowingly accessed pornography as a result of these criminal activities.

 

Mr Beazley must apologise to the Liberal Party and he must apologise to the individual Ministers whose websites were defaced.

 

The Liberal Party views the attacks upon its website as extremely serious.

 

Computer hacking is a Federal offence. The Liberal Party will today refer the criminal attacks upon its website to the Australian Federal Police for investigation.

 

The Liberal Party will not prejudge the outcome of that investigation.

 

Mr Beazley must ensure the full cooperation of himself, his staff and the Labor Party organisation with that Police investigation.

 

After spending two days insisting that politicians should get out of the gutter, Mr Beazley can do nothing less.

 

Media Contact: Robert Reid, Lynton Crosby’s office 03 9229 4300/0411 269 847

 

3 September 1998

 

A statement from Lynton Crosby,

Liberal Party Campaign Director

 

I have today written to Commissioner Michael Palmer of the Australian Federal Police to request an investigation be conducted into the cri minal attacks upon the Liberal Party website.

 

A member of Kim Beazley’s staff has publicly admitted that he knows who is responsible for these attacks. I welcome Mr Beazley’s reported decision to sack this staff member.

 

But the Liberal Party is not satisfied with this response.

 

The Liberal Party has identified 32 separate changes to its website, and believes that more than one person may have been involved in these criminal activities. These changes included subjecting visitors to the Liberal website to pornographic material.

 

The Federal Police has confirmed that these offences potentially fall under Section 76E and Section 7A of the Crimes Act 1914, which deal with computer-related crime and with inciting others to commit a crime.

 

Section 76E carries a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment.

 

The Liberal Party has provided relevant information to the Federal Police, and we expect that the Australian Labor Party will do the same.

 

The ALP must do more.

 

I have this morning received an apology from Mr Gary Gray, the National Campaign Director of the ALP. I welcome his statement and his acknowledgement that the attacks upon our website were wrong.

 

But Mr Beazley has yet to apologise for the actions of one his staff members. He has yet to apologise to those Australians who may have unknowingly accessed pornographic material, or to those Ministers whose images and titles were defaced.

 

Nor has Mr Gray explained how he came to the conclusion that no member of Mr Beazley’s staff or ALP staff were directly involved with the attacks upon the Liberal website.

 

I can only presume that this means that Mr Gray is aware of the identities of those persons who are responsible. I am confident that he will provide this information to the Federal Police.

 

Media Contact: Robert Reid, Lynton Crosby’s office 03 9229 4300/0411 269 847

 

3 September 1998

 

Media Release

 

The revelation that the Australian Labor Party has sacked a second campaign worker over their involvement in the criminal defacement of the Liberal Party website by computer hackers has extended the web of deceit from Kim Beazley’s office into the very heart of Labor’s campaign.

 

By Labor’s own admission, the first sacked staffer was working directly for Kim Beazley. The second sacked campaign worker was based in the ALP campaign headquarters.

 

How many more are there? How many Labor staffers working in campaign offices around th e country were involved in these criminal activities?

 

ALP National Secretary Gary Gray must now do three things:

 

• he must explain his statement of earlier today that only one Labor campaign worker was involved in these activities - was his statement a d esperate knee-jerk response or a deliberate attempt to mislead?

• he must conduct a complete investigation of the entire ALP campaign, including candidates’ offices, to get rid of anyone else involved in this affair, and he must make the results of his investigation public

• he must immediately provide every shred of evidence he gathered today to the Australian Federal Police’s investigation of these criminal matters

 

Until Mr Gray does so, the Australian people will be justified in treating Labor’s claim of a clean campaign with contempt.

 

The Liberal Party is also still waiting for Mr Beazley to personally apologise for the actions of his staff member.

 

Mr Beazley must apologise to the Australian public, to those people subjected to pornographic material as a result of these criminal activities, to the Liberal Party and to the individual Government Ministers whose images and titles were defaced.

 

Lynton Crosby

Liberal Party Campaign Director

 

Media Contact: Robert Reid, Lynton Crosby’s office 03 9229 4300/0411 269 847

 

3 September 1998

 

Authorised by L. Crosby, Liberal Party of Australia, Corner Blackall & Macquarie Sts, Barton, ACT, 2600

 

 

 

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