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Pyne's gay porn like Twitter hack probe dropped

CALLS for an investigation into the hacking of Christopher Pyne's Twitter account after it 'liked' a gay porn tweet have been dropped.

Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has confirmed the party will not support Cory Bernardi's calls for a full investigation and report into the Defence Industry Minister's twitter hack at 2am on Thursday morning.

Senator Bernardi, who called for the probe over concerns national security may have been compromised, accused Labor and the government of a cover-up this morning.

"The two party fix is in. Nothing to see here except a compromised and broken two party political system covering up for each other," he wrote on Twitter.

Mr Albanese said this morning that he had spoken to Opposition leader Bill Shorten overnight and both were satisfied there was no threat to national security.

Christopher Pyne twitter account hacked. Picture: Twitter
Christopher Pyne twitter account hacked. Picture: Twitter

"We're satisfied that this is a public Twitter account, there's no connection between the Twitter account and Christopher's Defence portfolio," had told the Nine Network's Today Show.

"He's taken action to deal with it so as far as we're concerned, it's over.

"As far as we're concerned, let's get on with the real issues facing the country."

Mr Shorten appears to have had a change of heart after his comments to reporters in Adelaide yesterday that the hack was a "serious" concern.

"I think it is most serious when any minister, but especially a Defence Minister, is the victim of hacking and I do think we need to get to the bottom of it," Mr Shorten said yesterday.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten yesterday said the hack was serious. Picture: AAP
Opposition leader Bill Shorten yesterday said the hack was serious. Picture: AAP

"There have been other problems with preserving the security of our defence information with private contractors, so I think it is a worry and I think the Government should take it seriously."

Mr Pyne told the Nine Network today the hack was designed to be embarrassing.

He rejected any suggestion national security could have been compromised and said his office had taken the necessary steps to deal with the hack.

"It's a private twitter account, it's not a Defence or government or parliamentary account," he said.

Senator Cory Bernardi has accused the major parties of a cover-up. Picture: Kym Smith
Senator Cory Bernardi has accused the major parties of a cover-up. Picture: Kym Smith

"We've changed the passwords, we've obviously deleted the material, changed our approach in the office to social media and informed Twitter."

He said the hack was annoying and there appeared to be some campaign against him.

"It happened in the time of the Yes vote being successful and I guess people thought they were being, probably not funny, [but] trying to be unhelpful," he said.

"It don't think it was designed to hurt, I think it was designed to be embarrassing.

"And obviously the people responsible did quite well out of it."

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