ACT public servants were being asked to stay back after hours to cost Labor Party campaign announcements in the middle of the 2008 election, while Labor Party headquarters was included on emails between Treasury and Ministerial offices during the election campaign.
And according to Katy Gallagher, that’s absolutely fine.
Information released under the Freedom of Information Act and obtained by the Opposition paints a picture of ACT Labor using Treasury for its election campaign.
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said that the documents revealed communications that could potentially erode confidence in the separation of the Labor Party and the Public Service.
“We have seen multiple emails that reveal Ministers political staff asking for feedback for on campaign announcements which the government claims is completely appropriate,” Mr Seselja said.
“In one particular instance public servants were requested to stay back and work after hours so the Labor Party is able to make a campaign announcement the following day.
“ACT Labor’s Campaign Manager was included in such emails between the public service and staffers.