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Sandi Logan ends free expression in the Public Service

By johnboy 13 August 2013 46

The Age has the intriguing story of how Michaela Banerji was run out of the public service for differing with the mighty warlord of Immigration Public Affairs Sandi Logan.

The Federal Court has just ruled this is totally OK.

The upshot is if you’re in the public service and want to have a social media profile of your own you better keep it very quiet.

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LaLegale 8:15 am 21 Aug 13

Thank you to all contributors to this very important topic that has us on a slippery slope. Just to clarify some errors: While in the beginning, my response was that unless and until there was confirmation that the account was mine, I would have no comment, eventually worn down by the daily absurdity of it all, admitted that the account was mine during a ‘pleasant’ discussion with HR. I did not ever actually criticise the department but referred to its obligations under the refugee convention as a conscientious objector to detention and offshore processing. The Court documents show that I did not seek an ‘unfettered’ right, but submitted that the burden created by the PS Act, as interpreted by the decision-maker, was neither reasonable, adapted nor to a legitimate end. This aspect is not evident on a reading of the judgment because that evidence was neither referred to nor considered. This is a point of appeal. The real question is whether, in this country, we want to create a class of persons, public servants, who have no right to express a political opinion at all times. There is no such other class, is there?

ChrisinTurner 5:12 pm 16 Aug 13

I may be out of date, but back in 1960 I had to sign that I would not disclose anything I learnt at work to anyone. Did Michaela breach this requirement?

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