A cannabis campaigner caused a stir this week after it emerged he has registered a host of website domains with names similar to those of Australian politicians and institutions.

The australianparty.com homepage

Type robbiekatter.com or bobkatter.com into your search engine and you’ll not land on controversial politician Bob Katter’s website, you’ll be redirected to australianparty.com, a site promoting a number of causes including a call to “make herbal hemp products legal”.

Not only that, but the same thing happens if you try to access palaszczuk.com, derrynhinch.com, primeministerofaustralia.com and even australianfederalpolice.com. 

Cannabiz is not linking to those sites as it does not endorse cybersquatting. However, founder Jeff Geaney said he trademarked the party logo and registered the australianparty.com domain name in 2005, meaning he has the right to use it.

He told Cannabiz he may try to register the party with the Australian Electoral Commission in future.

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...