Their fear grows.
One week out from the Queensland election, a faceless group has attempted to subvert the grassroots Flick’Em campaign by creating an alternative website by essentially ripping off the original content.
The original Flick’Em site is hosted at www.putthemajorslast.com.au:
The clone site is hosted at www.putthemajorslast.com:
As you can also see, Rob Nioa has also been targeted.
These are the specs of who created the site:
Domain Name: PUTTHEMAJORSLAST.COM
Registry Domain ID: 2182191718_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.google.com
Registrar URL: http://domains.google.com
Updated Date: 2017-11-02T02:06:23Z
Creation Date: 2017-11-02T00:32:33Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2018-11-02T00:32:33Z
Registrar: Google Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 895
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8772376466
Domain Status: ok https://icann.org/epp#ok
Name Server: CRUZ.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
Name Server: GREG.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
URL of the ICANN Whois Inaccuracy Complaint Form: https://www.icann.org/wicf/
It’s laughable. Not only is there not a shade of originality in the counter campaign, the fact that they literally stole an idea and went to this level of effort demonstrates their anxiety.
Perhaps there are also potentially copyright and IP infringements at play? That is something we would have to explore further.
The subversion is a pretty cynical co-opt attempt by trying to divert traffic away from the original page. Should the original campaign have registered both domains to prevent this? Maybe, but there’s also .org, .net and several others making it potentially a costly exercise.
It would also not be surprising if there is a Gun Control Australia/Soros link to this as well. Given there is a real chance to throw a spanner in the works of the National Firearms Agreement and the revolt coming from rural Queensland and firearm owners, Sam Lee, Piers Grove and the rest are likely wearing brown pants for the next week.
Given the fact that the spoof site appears to be targeting Labor and One Nation, it’s fair to say that either the Greens or the LNP (or potentially people connected to both, who knows) are behind this. Either way, it’s someone with deep pockets and manpower available to them at short notice to get this underway.
This just goes to show how scared the majors are of a threat to their monopolies and the ongoing change in the political tide in Australia. Particularly given the recent results in NSW against the Nationals and the upcoming by-elections as a result of the citizenship saga.
And those of us old enough to remember what happened in Queensland in 1998 to the Nationals, when they were wiped out for supporting John Howard’s National Firearms Agreement.
Bring on November 25 and remember to #putthemajorslast