The Opposition communications minister Tony Smith has suffered a minor embarrassment with his official personal website today taken offline by its host, Network Solution.
Visitors to tonysmithmp.com are now directed to a landing page which informs that Smith’s site expired on 12 February 2010 and is now pending renewal or deletion.
The Personal Hompage site can be reached via the official Australian parliamentary website.
Smith’s office did not respond straight away to a Computerworld Australia enquiry regarding the site.
The shadow communication minister's website woes means he joins a growing list of politicians making technology related faux pas.
This week, shadow finance minister, Barnaby Joyce was unable to grasp the intricacies and severity of the denial of service attack on Government websites carried out under the name Anonymous.
“Who are these creeps? Why do we even have to discuss it? Just knock it out,” Joyce said speaking on ABC TV’s Q&A program.
“These people are horrible creepy bits of work – get rid of them. Get them off the Internet.”
And prior to that the Twitter account linked to the NSW Premier Kristina Keneally was compromised, revealing the state government was "open to donations" following the denial of bribery allegations of a Labor official.
The revelation was part of a prank, rather than a confession, after a crafty Twitter user snapped up Keneally's jettisoned Twitter account @premierofnsw, which remained as a link on the Premier's official website.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, while not suffering a faux pas, has also displayed a lack of care with his own blog by only writing five posts in eight months, despite making a big push to support Web 2.0 technologies in government to achieve greater transparency in its dialogue with the public.