The Royal Australian Sceptic Society has awarded DCITA Minister Richard Alston an honorary fellowship after his latest press release stated the bleeding obvious.
Alston thought it was appropriate to stem public conjecture about an e-mail hoax circulating around the traps which claims Australia Post is going to begin charging transaction fees on the sending and receiving of e-mails.
"Australian Internet users should disregard an e-mail claiming that Australia Post will charge a 5 cent fee for every delivered e-mail," he said. "There have been a number of e-mails that I've received regarding an alleged Bill 602P. There is no Bill 602P and the Government will not be introducing legislation to charge for e-mails," Senator Alston said. "It's not as big a hoax as the Australian Labor Party, but it should be similarly disregarded."
The Sceptic Society was impressed with Tricky Dicky's masterful investigative work, surprised he was not as gullible on this issue as he was when supporting the ACCC's recommendations on software pricing.
"We think having a minister in the Sceptic Society is just what we need," said the society's president and chairman, Woldruff Woodley. "His sense of intuition and investigative work on this issue was nothing short of exceptional - he even rang Australia Post to check the e-mail's authenticity".
Over the next few weeks, Alston will investigate whether Microsoft will send you $5000 for forwarding an e-mail to 10 of your friends, and whether college kids are at risk of having their liver removed while lying in a bath tub after a frat party.