AN IPSWICH political candidate fighting for a seat in the upcoming federal election claims her Facebook page has been hacked into with pornographic photos uploaded on to it.
Greens candidate for Blair Patricia Petersen said she notified police about the incident, which had the images flash up on the news feed of her 3200-plus Facebook friends.
Dr Petersen said she did not know who was behind the attack, but claimed she had been the victim of a smear campaign since announcing herself as a candidate.
“I’m shocked that someone would do something like this. Sending out pornographic images to people, especially when minors could be exposed to them, is morally reprehensible. It is beyond comprehension,” she said.
“I know what it’s like to be in the midst of an electoral campaign - there’s always mud throwing and dirty politics.
“However, this, if it is an act of political sabotage, would indicate that politics within Australia has hit a new low.”
She said she was notified of the incident by a phone call from a Greens party member about 1am on Friday. The images have since been deleted and a police spokesman said they were “looking into the matter” yesterday. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, when asked if the attack was the work of a political opponent, said it was “likely”.
“Personally I have not seen the material, but it is quite likely and it’s one of the hazards that we all face ... just make sure that your passwords are secure,” he said.
Her rivals in the seat of Blair – incumbent Labor member Shayne Neumann and Liberal National Party member Neil Zabel – said they did not know who was behind the alleged incident.
“If this has happened, it definitely has nothing at all to do with me or my office,” Mr Neumann said.
Mr Zabel said it was “disgusting” that someone would post pornography on an unwitting Facebook user’s site.
Last month a 29-year-old Brisbane man faced court after posting pornographic images on the internet tribute sites of two young murder victims.