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Dodgy Wikipedia editors move down under

Spinning yarns
Mon Jun 19 2006, 15:32
WE REPORTED that the US State Department liked to abuse Wikipedia. Now politicians Down Under have been accused of edting the treasure trove of knowlege to serve their own dastly ends.

The Sunday Herald Sun, reports that advisor to Labor MP Michael Danby, Dr Adam Carr has been accused of doctoring Wikipedia profiles of "dozens" of Labor and Liberal MPs. His accusers say he has defamed members of Parliament and assiduously compiles his own dirt files.

Two MPs, Julia Irwin and Jennie George, of the Aussie Labor party, complained to the opposition whip that Dr Carr had published "unpleasant biographical material" about them. Although Dr Carr admitted to editing multiple Wikipedia entries he denied any misconduct.

Jennie George complained that Dr Carr branded her a member of the Communist Party in the 1970s. Her entry was later changed to describe her as an "alleged" ex-member. Currently her Wikipedia profile reads, "During the 1960s and early '70s it is alleged that George was a member of the Communist Party of Australia, although she has never confirmed this since it was discussed in a biography by Brad Norrington in 1998."

Julia Irwin believes Dr Carr added unflattering material about her and told the paper she thought Dr Carr was "getting dirt on people".

According to the Sun the opposition whip "warned Mr Darnby to rein in his staffer".

The Sunday Herald Sun


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