Political parties text message campaign

The United Australia and the One Nation party is targeting voters in the Hume electorate by text message.

Since the federal election was announced on April 10, an Upper Lachlan Shire voter has received over a dozen text messages. He does not know how the party got his phone number or a way to unsubscribe.

Text messaging targets Hume voters.

Text messaging targets Hume voters.

In the contest for Hume is Lynda Abdo for the Clive Palmer's United Australia Party. Pauline Hanson's One Nation has two Senate candidates; Kate McCulloch and Barry Reed.

The messages are about freedom, the foreign buy-up of land, and unsolicited political text messaging.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) advised the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) that registered political parties are mostly exempt from the Privacy Act. Parties are not considered by ACMA to be a commercial enterprise and no spam rules broken.

There are no restrictions on the amount of electoral advertising or the channels in which political parties communicate in the Commonwealth Electoral Act

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) does not disclose the telephone numbers of electors. It is not known where or how a political party obtains telephone numbers.