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Bill Shorten on Labor Party's "Pranksters" working illegally on Democrats Campaign in the US

 

This from The Australian today.

Shorten blasts ‘stupid’ US pranksters

  • THE AUSTRALIAN

Bill Shorten has blasted as unacceptable the “stupid” conduct of young Labor members working on a US presidential campaign.

The volunteers were secretly filmed boasting about using Australian taxpayer funds to work on US Democratic senator Bernie Sanders’s campaign and ­interfering with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaign signs.

Federal Labor national secretary George Wright is ­investigating their behaviour after conservative undercover campaign group Project Veritas Action posted video of the volunteers online.

“The behaviour which has been reported is completely unacceptable,” the Opposition Leader said. He hinted Labor might pull out of the program.

The four were in the US on the government-funded Australian Political Parties Democracy Program, which funds party officials to go overseas to “strengthen democracy internationally’’.

ENDS

 

And here's The Guardian

Bill Shorten criticises Labor officials on Bernie Sanders' campaign

Opposition leader says ALP may pull out of taxpayer-funded program after ‘stupid’ behaviour of four officials is secretly filmed

 Bill Shorten
 ‘The behaviour which has been reported is completely unacceptable,’ Bill Shorten has said. Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

The Australian opposition leader, Bill Shorten, says the “stupid” behaviour of a group of young Labor party members working on a US presidential campaign is unacceptable.

The opposition leader hinted his party could pull out of the government-funded Australian Political Parties Democracy Program, which paid for four ALP members to travel to the US and volunteer with a presidential election campaign.

The Australian volunteers were secretly filmed boasting about using their government’s taxpayer funds to work on the US Democratic senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign and interfering with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaign signs.

Federal Labor’s national secretary, George Wright, is investigating their conduct after the conservative undercover campaign group Project Veritas Action posted video of the volunteers online.

“The behaviour which has been reported is completely unacceptable,” Shorten told reporters in Melbourne. “Stupidity never paints anyone in a good light.”

Under the Australian Political Parties Democracy Program, established in 2005, political parties get access to hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to send party officials overseas to “strengthen democracy internationally”.

Shorten raised the prospect of Labor pulling out of the program. “I’m not convinced of the value of this program of sending people overseas, full stop,” he said.

ENDS
 
 

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