Is this LEGAL ??? (politically)

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Is this LEGAL ??? (politically)

Post by Die Judicii » 18 May 2019, 7:24 pm

I didn't think this was allowable on election day,,,,

At 11-33am today I got a text message, (quoted herewith)

"This election will be very close.
Your vote matters.
Make the right choice for Aust.
Don't risk Bill Shortens higher taxes.
Choose Scott Morrison & the LNP.
For a strong economy Vote 1 LNP on both ballot papers.
Click to see how to vote for us.
Thank you.
bit.ly/HmVFDX.

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Post by TassieTiger » 18 May 2019, 7:40 pm

I got same text yesterday...
I also got an email from my ceo 2 days ago - almost demanding I vote liberal as did all 250 employees...not sure of the legality of that either.
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Post by dpskipper » 19 May 2019, 7:40 pm

TassieTiger wrote:I got same text yesterday...
I also got an email from my ceo 2 days ago - almost demanding I vote liberal as did all 250 employees...not sure of the legality of that either.


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Post by doc » 20 May 2019, 12:30 pm

I got a test SMS message from a party I was considering voting for... that changed my mind to no longer consider them.

I suspect this does more damage than good in a lot of cases to their cause.
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Post by gherx » 20 May 2019, 2:55 pm

Which bit didn't you think was allowed?

The unsolicited message, or just in regards to the timing specifically do you mean?

(You're familiar with Do Not Call register I guess?)
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Post by No1_49er » 20 May 2019, 8:15 pm

gherx wrote:Which bit didn't you think was allowed?

The unsolicited message, or just in regards to the timing specifically do you mean?

(You're familiar with Do Not Call register I guess?)

Doesn't matter.

What exemptions apply under the Do Not Call Register legislation?
The Act contains some limited exemptions for calls and faxes defined as designated telemarketing calls or marketing faxes, or where consent has been given.
There are also some limited exemptions allowing certain public interest organisations to make specific telemarketing calls or send marketing faxes that have no commercial-type purpose.
Exemptions apply to:

registered charities
educational institutions
government bodies
registered political parties
social researchers
opinion pollsters.

It's all here : - https://www.donotcall.gov.au/industry/i ... -register/
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Post by Die Judicii » 20 May 2019, 10:20 pm

gherx wrote:Which bit didn't you think was allowed?

The unsolicited message, or just in regards to the timing specifically do you mean?

(You're familiar with Do Not Call register I guess?)


The timing of the message.
I'm pretty sure that if I were to stand outside the door at that time, at a voting place and start soliciting votes for (Joe Bloggs in the whatcamacallit party)
I would have the constabulary called and I'd find myself arrested wouldn't I ??? :unknown:
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Post by trekin » 21 May 2019, 5:36 am

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Why are political parties allowed to send me campaign text messages?


The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 does not restrict the amount of electoral advertising by political parties or the channels in which they communicate.

In relation to text messages and telephone calls, the Australian Communications and Media Authority has previously advised that the SPAM Act and Do Not Call Register Act don’t apply to registered political parties. Political parties are also not subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988.

The AEC does not disclose the telephone numbers of electors. The AEC has no knowledge of where or how a registered political party obtains telephone numbers of electors."
https://www.aec.gov.au/FAQs/Voting_Aust ... m#text-msg
More concerning, is how Party's and candidates get hold of phone numbers/email addresses, ie 'not subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988'.

On a tangent, does anyone else believe there were breaches here:
"Blackout period for election advertising

Clause 3A of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act requires that a broadcaster must not broadcast an election advertisement from the end of the Wednesday before polling day until the close of the poll on polling day, where an election is to be held in an area which relates to a licence area, or an area where a broadcast can normally be received. This only applies for elections to a Parliament.

The election advertising blackout applies to broadcasters, including:

commercial television broadcasting licensees

commercial radio broadcasting licensees

community broadcasting licensees

subscription television broadcasting licensees

providers of broadcasting services under class licences.

The election advertising blackout only applies to broadcasters. It does not include online services and print media."
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Post by Oldbloke » 21 May 2019, 7:11 am

Off topic, but "the SPAM Act and Do Not Call Register Act don’t".
My god i get at least 20 spam a day and 5 calls a week. Both useless in my book.
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Post by pomemax » 21 May 2019, 1:29 pm

Raise a concern with the electoral commission if enough people do they may do something
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