Geez, mate, a poor look, via Domain:
Experts believe Liberal MP Tim Wilson may have breached privacy laws by failing to tell hundreds of people who signed up to a petition that their names, addresses, phone numbers and emails would be transferred to a multibillion-dollar fund manager.
The backbencher’s taxpayer-funded inquiry into Labor’s franking credits policy is under fire after it was used to sign up new Liberal Party members and promote fundraisers.
Mr Wilson has co-ordinated protests and submissions against Labor’s policy with Geoff Wilson, a distant relative and the founder of Wilson Asset Management, one of the leading campaigners against Labor’s proposal to end cash refunds to more than 800,000 self-funded retirees.
Tiny Tim resorts to the technical defense:
In defending himself against Labor’s claims he “colluded” with Wilson Asset Management, Mr Wilson said any interaction with the fund by inquiry attendees was voluntary.
“We have a website we encourage people to send a submission through,” Mr Wilson said. “There was an option to sign the Wilson Asset Management petition, the link to the petition was there.”
“If people wanted to sign that then we honoured their request, nothing more. The whole basis of Labor’s argument is just an absolute fiction.”
Perhaps he can return to the Human Rights Commission where they just love such the technocratic agonising over language.