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Oakeshott pumped in election campaign

Mr Oakeshott said he was taking the faux website
Mr Oakeshott said he was taking the faux website "in his stride". JERAD WILLIAMS

ONLINE searches for Independent candidate for Cowper, Rob Oakeshott, may have many voters scratching their heads.

The first link that pops up on Google is www.roboakeshott.com - a site that has less to do with the high profile candidate's election platforms, and more to do with tips and devices to address erectile dysfunction.

In what's believed to be the work of hackers, Mr Oakeshott told The Advocate he was aware of the website but had little power to have it removed.

"An American company has bought the domain name and it's very hard to get that back once it's been sold," Mr Oakeshott said.

"It is defamatory and I could take legal action but that's a long process that costs a lot of money.

"At this stage all I can do is direct people to the right site, which is www.oakeshott.com.au."

While the culprit responsible for the "unofficial website" has yet to be identified, Mr Oakeshott said he was aware of allegations levelled on social media pointing towards former Federal Government staffers.

Mr Oakeshott said he wouldn't be drawn into the speculation, and instead was taking the website "in his stride".

"During the week there were a few weird games where online companies were blaming each other for hacking my name," he said.

"But the best thing I can do is laugh it off."

If you're voting in the seat of Cowper, who will you be voting for?

This poll ended on 30 June 2016.

Current Results

Wayne LAWRENCE - Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

0%

Michael GOUGH - Citizens Electoral Council

0%

Carol VERNON - The Greens

4%

Damian WOOD - Labor

3%

Rob OAKESHOTT - Independent

48%

Luke HARTSUYKER - The Nationals

39%

John ARKAN - Independent

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The unofficial site suggests a healthy diet, keeping stress at bay or the use of a vacuum erection "pump" device can address dysfunction.

Mr Oakeshott said it was advice not included among his election platforms.

"I suppose I could have fun with it and say I do own the site but it's not a policy I hold," he said.

"The business of politics is a bit more serious."

Mr Oakeshott meanwhile remained upbeat on recent polls which have him in striking distance of incumbent Member for Cowper and nationals candidate Luke Hartsuyker.

"The mood of change is there - I'm encouraging people to really think about how we can build a better community in Cowper," he said.

Topics:  2016 federal election coffs harbour cowper federal election rob oakeshott



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