Jacinta Price text: Politician calls out sneaky trick message all of Australia is talking about
An independent MP has called out the Voice No campaign for bombarding voters with text messages from Jacinta Price, claiming they contain a link that ‘harvests data’ for political parties.
The texts, which urge recipients to vote against the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum, were sent out on Tuesday, sparking a massive reaction on social media from Voice opponents and supporters.
Country Liberal Party Senator and No campaigner Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is named as the message’s sender.
‘Hi, it’s Jacinta Price. The Referendum is on 14 Oct,’ the text reads.
‘The Voice is risky, unknown and divisive. Don’t know? Say no.’
It then includes a link for those wanting to submit a postal vote.
The Voice to Parliament No campaign is under fire after bombarding voters with text messages purported to be from Jacinta Nampijinpa Price (pictured)
The link leads voters to a website sponsored by the Federal Coalition. It requests voters’ names, street address, email address, mobile phone number, date of birth, and reason why they would need a postal vote.
The website was authorised by the Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia, Andrew Hirst.
Teal MP Allegra Spender condemned the text in a fiery post to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter – claiming the Voice ad is a data harvesting ploy.
‘We are being bombarded with spam SMS & messages claiming to provide postal votes for The Voice,’ she wrote.
‘These are Liberal Party ads to harvest your personal data. For a real postal vote go to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).’
The text message urged recipients to vote no in the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum
The message included a link for those wanting to submit a postal vote. It leads to a Liberal Party-hosted website designed to collect people’s data
‘The crossbench is working for electoral reform to stop political parties harvesting your data and spamming you, but the major parties won’t support these changes.’
Others also took to X to complain about the campaign advertisements.
‘Tell Jacinta Price to stop texting me please,’ wrote one user.
‘Dear Senator. Please don’t send me unsolicited texts on the Voice or any other issue unless I can have a right of reply. A bit like a Voice,’ commented another.
The AEC released issued a statement about the matter following a number of enquiries about the messages, including from this publication.
‘We’re getting some questions about campaigning text messages being received today,’ it read.
Independent MP Allegra Spender (pictured) condemned the Liberal Party over the text message ad campaign in a fiery post to X
‘They’re legal, political parties don’t get phone numbers from AEC & the msg today does appear to have the required authorisation statement via the link in the message.’
The AEC explained that the distribution of campaign text messages was permitted as it didn’t break laws set out the Electoral Act or Referendum Act.
Additionally, political parties are also exempt from the Spam Act and Do Not Call Register Act.
‘The AEC does not disclose the telephone numbers of electors. The AEC has no knowledge of where or how a registered political party obtains the telephone numbers of electors,’ the AEC added.
No campaign group Fair Australia, which is led by Ms Price, told Daily Mail Australia that they had no involvement with the ad campaign.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Ms Price for comment. The Voice to Parliament referendum will be held on October 14.