The Petition-Elect

 News Corporation demands a re-count                                                                                              

An official investigation will scrutinise Kevin Rudd’s petition calling for a media royal commission after it emerged that more than 1000 names were fake, and some of the signatories were paid for and generated overseas…

An investigation by The Australian into the petition, which Mr Rudd instigated as an attack on News Corp, has also revealed the document is littered with fake and absurd names, including “Nacho cheese”, “Jesus Christ” and “this sucks”. Many of those were generated offshore, easily sidestepping parliamentary measures set up to prevent fraud.

A world-renowned cyber security expert said signatories included “computer-generated bots”. He said a full digital audit was required to determine the extent of fraudulent activity in the parliamentary e-petition system.

Ken O’Dowd, the House of Representatives’ petitions committee chairman, said his committee would investigate the fake signatories in the petition.

 
As much as I’d like to use this story to mock Rudd’s bizarre campaign to ban all media entities that criticise the Labor Party in general and him specifically, a thousand fake names is not a substantive portion of the 500,000 signatures garnered. Melbourne podcaster Nicholas Smith paid a Bangladeshi to generate them to demonstrate that an official government website and process were easily manipulated from abroad. Except it wasn’t all that easy and the product Smith purchased wasn’t good enough to survive the most cursory scrutiny. If an illiterate foreigner ever submits 500,000 fake but believable names and thereby alters the agenda of Parliament, well yes – that would be a worry.

I’m more concerned about Victoria Police rounding up fake sex abuse accusations and ADF officials canvassing Afghans about ‘war crimes’ than I am about two smart-arses in Melbourne and Bangladesh.

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28 Responses to The Petition-Elect

  1. Tom

    What is about men on the left and their gigantic egos? Rudd, Turnbull and Obama contributed nothing to their nations because their primary mission was simply to impose themselves on the world. They had no agenda but to share their admiration of themselves with their adoring publics — empty vessels we would have been better without.

  2. Rob

    Kevin Rudd is fake? Who knew?

  3. Up The Workers!

    Maybe Krudd Regurgitated should ring his pal George Soros and ask for a Dominion Cheating Machine or two, like one of those which so publicly revealed itself in the Venezuelan and American Leftard election frauds?

    Sounds like it would be right up his alley!

    Why stuff-about with old-fashioned, steam-powered, manual Leftard dishonesty and cheating – Dominion Cheating machines automate Leftard dishonesty – just ask Nancy Gin-Bottle, Xi Jinping, Hugo Chavez and the American Dementiacrats.

    It is rocket-science for people too dumb to correctly spell their own Party name.

    Labor(sic) – they have no need for “U”!

  4. 2dogs

    You can gate a whole bunch of fake id’s generated for free here.

    Mostly this site is used in response to phishing attempts.

  5. Cassie of Sydney

    “Tom
    #3662822, posted on November 18, 2020 at 4:32 am
    What is about men on the left and their gigantic egos? Rudd, Turnbull and Obama contributed nothing to their nations because their primary mission was simply to impose themselves on the world. They had no agenda but to share their admiration of themselves with their adoring publics — empty vessels we would have been better without.”

    Agree….and their ghastly narcissism, self pity and utter loathing of the public is actually far worse now that they’re no longer in power.

    I despise all three equally but I’ll say this about Obummer and Krudd, they actually went out, campaigned and convincingly won elections unlike the Turd. At least Obummer and Krudd aren’t in the business of undermining the parties that gave them platforms unlike the Turd. All three are married to grotesque gargoyles who stoke their elitism, narcissism and anger.

  6. Albatross

    Smart Alec post. Rubbish take. Go ahead and cheer on an attempt to dismantle the last nominal voices of dissent against absolute elite rule, and add in a dig at Trump at the end like the useful idiot you are.

  7. Frank

    a thousand fake names is not a substantive portion of the 500,000 signatures garnered.

    This is true and ordinarily you would expect there to trollish noise associated with anything these days but this is Rudd so why not just enjoy the fat little prick having to weather some discomfort, some discomfort that he would undoubtedly use against others if the shoe was on the other foot.

  8. notafan

    Absurb fake names were easy to detect? I’d have thought they were intended to be easy to detect.

    Rudd was intimating he planned to take legal action against Peta Credlin for suggesting there were fake signatures or some such.

    The entire thing is a pathetic joke. Progressives think everyone but them is brainwashed by the Murdoch press and without it would all think rightly, I mean leftly.

  9. notafan

    and it may well be a lot more than a 1000.

  10. Amused

    I’m starting a petition for Krudd and Turdball to be loaded onto a rocket and fired into the sun.

    Who will sign?

  11. H B Bear

    Now he’s just an incompetent citizen. Nothing’s changed. Perfectly qualified to run the UN.

  12. Bear Necessities

    A lot of hate in the Rudd bot. He should take a Bex and have a good lie down.

  13. Bear Necessities

    I’m starting a petition for Krudd and Turdball to be loaded onto a rocket and fired into the sun.

    Who will sign?

    If it saves a Chimp or two I’ll sign.

  14. Perfidious Albino

    Sure, there are bigger fish to fry, but you can’t blame The Oz for firing back a few salvos of their own.

    500k ‘signatures’ is meaningless in these days of industrial scale ‘Get Up’ harvesting of useful idiots.

  15. Leigh Lowe

    The Tarin Kowt Scout has form for faking it.
    Remember when he had 1 million Twatter followers.

  16. H B Bear

    I abhor the use of fake names.

  17. JohnJJJ

    Amused
    #3662916, posted on November 18, 2020 at 8:09 am
    I’m starting a petition for Krudd and Turdball to be loaded onto a rocket and fired into the sun.
    Who will sign
    ?

    For $50 I can get: Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Bullwinkle and Felix the Cat. An extra $10 gets Captain Peter Wrongway Peachfuzz.

  18. C.L.

    I’d have thought they were intended to be easy to detect.

    More likely the Bangladeshi wasn’t really capable of curating a thousand credible names.

  19. Bear Neccessities at 8.29, no. 2 – brilliant!

  20. C.L.

    Smart Alec post. Rubbish take. Go ahead and cheer on an attempt to dismantle the last nominal voices of dissent against absolute elite rule, and add in a dig at Trump at the end like the useful idiot you are.

    I’m not sure what I’m ‘cheering on’ or what ‘dig at Trump’ you’re referring to.

  21. cuckoo

    If it saves a Chimp or two I’ll sign.

    Reminds me of the old joke (adapted). A space mission is launched with Kevin Rudd and a chimpanzee aboard. Each has a set of instructions to be opened once they are in orbit. The chimp opens his and it’s full of complex astrophysics, orbital mechanics, etc. Rudd opens his and it contains one sheet of paper which says ‘Feed the monkey’.

  22. Tom

    Laughed out loud, Humphrey at 8.56am.

  23. Roger

    KRudd has attempted to defraud the Australian parliament.

    Just who is the bigger threat to our democracy here?

  24. Roger

    Perhaps a petititon can be started to rescind Rudd’s life time parliamentary Gold Pass?

    Not that he would miss it, but it would be a blow to his ego.

  25. John A

    Amused #3662916, posted on November 18, 2020, at 8:09 am

    I’m starting a petition for Krudd and Turdball to be loaded onto a rocket and fired into the sun.

    Who will sign?

    Count me in as long as the rocket can be adorned with the following quote adapted from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

    “Have you any idea how much damage this rocket would cause when it hits the sun?”
    “How much?” said Arthur.
    “None at all,” said Mr. Prosser.

    I would like the occupants to understand their (lack of) significance to the progress of history.

  26. Michael

    A worthwhile petition raises something worthwhile. It should only need one signature to make its point. It is lazy journalism to focus on the number of signatures. BTW – has anyone ever refused to sign a NIMBY-esque petition? The reaction is not pretty.

  27. The BigBlueCat

    I’m more concerned about Victoria Police rounding up fake sex abuse accusations and ADF officials canvassing Afghans about ‘war crimes’ than I am about two smart-arses in Melbourne and Bangladesh.

    What about two smart-arses like Krudd and Turdbull??? A decade of political, economic and social instability thanks to these two, and for what? As PM’s they were both highly divisive and ineffectual. Why would anyone want to listen to what they have to say???

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