Page 2608 - Week 07 - Thursday, 18 June 2009

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did not convene a privileges committee to inquire into that matter at the time the letter was issued. Following the debates we have had today and the position the Assembly has taken on that matter, I think it is important to bring that to the Assembly’s attention.

Another matter relates to the fraudulent Facebook site relating to me. In comments made in the last sitting, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Seselja, said that the Liberal Party had made a number of inquiries but, given that this was an anonymous posting and the creator had deliberately hidden their identity, those inquiries had failed to uncover the origin of the site and with the information at hand the person responsible had not been identified. That was from Mr Seselja’s statement to the Assembly. He went on to say that the staff of Liberal Party members had been spoken to regarding this issue. He had spoken to the President of the Liberal Party and asked for inquiries to take place, although it was not clear that there was any real inquiry held, because he was unable to table any information relating to that inquiry. But he then went on to say, “The inquiries have been made by the Liberal Party and we do not know who created this site.”

Just further to this, I table a picture of a person that appears on the fraudulent Facebook site. It is a picture of an unidentified male. I do not know who this person is, but it appears as part of the profile pictures. It is the second of two photos. The other photo was the fraudulent picture of me. I guess I am offering a bit of assistance to Mr Seselja, as his inquiries have failed to uncover the origin of the site, that simply a couple of double-clicks on the fraudulent site would have uncovered this individual’s photo.

He did not go to that in his speech to the Assembly—just to the extent that he did check the site and see all the material that was posted on that site as part of his investigation. I am sure he did and that, if he had done his investigation properly, he would have located this individual. I imagine it was quite an easy response for him. I am seeking confirmation from the Liberal Party, through the Leader of the Opposition, that this person is not known to Liberal MLAs or their staff or, indeed, that this person is not a member of the Liberal Party of the ACT. I look forward to Mr Seselja reopening his thorough investigation and providing me with advice on that matter.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.28 pm until Tuesday, 23 June 2009, at 10 am.

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