‘Background’ material about Ella Buckland included that she made sexual assault allegations against Greens MP

Government officials collected background information on a single mother leading a campaign against the ParentsNext welfare program, including the fact that she had previously made allegations of sexual assault.

Documents released to Ella Buckland under freedom-of-information laws and reviewed by Guardian Australia show officials from the Department of Jobs and Small Business reviewed her social media activity and appeared to seek out media mentions after she publicly criticised the program and lodged written complaints. The department denies profiling any person or actively monitoring Buckland.

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