A number of government MPs were caught out over the weekend, having linked their public emails to Apple devices. One of them was Attorney-General George Brandis.
Brandis has since disabled the link but the damage was already done.
On Sunday afternoon software engineer Justin Simon discovered he was able to send an instant message directly to Senator George Brandis.
His first message contained a less-than-pleasant salutation before asking “how’s tricks?”
He encouraged others to follow his lead.
if yr not using yr Sunday arvo to iMessage ancient mask memes to the attorney-general, take a good hard look @ yrself pic.twitter.com/kBhcqHfZca
— justin s (@wordsonaplatfrm) March 1, 2015
Earlier today, realising the link was still active, Justin was back at it.
— justin s (@wordsonaplatfrm) March 2, 2015
And before long everyone was getting in on the action.
If you have iMessage you can iMessage Senator Brandis at [email protected] it is very real and very amazing
— yung single dad (@dannolan) March 2, 2015
People were having a dig at the Attorney-General’s stance on metadata.
Harassing senators off the line pic.twitter.com/KE1SHS58Du
— Luke Vurens (@LukeVurens) March 2, 2015
While others used metaphors to drive their judgement home.
— Ben Jenkins (@bencjenkins) March 2, 2015
One likened him to a Muppet…
— Emily Lockwood (@elockwood_) March 2, 2015
And another tried to convince him Bill Shorten was cool.
— Her Infernal Majesty (@platinumdepot) March 1, 2015
One even sent him the entire first chapter of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.
— Lauren Ingram (@laureningram) March 2, 2015
Buzzfeed reports other government MPs that have emails linked to the iMessage app include, health minister Sussan Ley, environment minister Greg Hunt, Liberal MP Bob Baldwin, industry and science minister Ian Macfarlane, justice minister Michael Keenan, Nationals MP Luke Hartsuyker, and the prime minister’s parliamentary secretary Christian Porter.
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