SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Computer hackers in Australia targeted the ruling party's website for some mischievous re-wording, changing Australian premier John Howard's title to ``Prime Minister for Pain, Suffering and Inequity,'' a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The cyberspace pranksters also altered Australian Treasurer Peter Costello's portfolio to ``Minister for the Rich, Stomping the Poor and Wrecking the Economy,'' the Daily Telegraph reported.

The ruling Liberal Party had restored the site's original content by Tuesday morning following the assault by hackers Monday.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer was termed ``Minister for Foreign Humiliation.'' Downer's site was also linked to, while Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith became ``Minister for Destruction of Workplace Fairness, the Gestapo and Propaganda.''

Other minister's names were linked to websites displaying explicit pornography.

Australia's federal election will be held Oct. 3.