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Secret plants

By johnboy - 9 October 2010 20

The SMH is having a go at AusAID’s need for secret cleared plant waterers.

According to an AusAID advertisement in The Canberra Times calling for tenders: ”The goal of the activity is the provision of high-quality indoor plants and supporting services to add to the decor and working environment of AusAID and other Commonwealth Government offices located in the ACT.

”The contractor’s personnel will be expected to hold a Secret Security clearance.”

Necessary? Or just ego boosting for someone?

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Secret plants
taninaus 12:19 am 10 Oct 10

Just means they can charge a lot more for the service to meet the requirement – they they will probably tell the workers they have to pay for their own clearance and the company will pocket the difference.

Funky Claude 12:17 am 10 Oct 10

They can’t be anywhere near as bad as my neighbour. It takes 15 years of solid friendship to get anywhere close to his plants.

olfella 11:29 pm 09 Oct 10

A Noisy Noise Annoys An Oyster said :

Just abolish AusAid and all foreign aid altogether. Rudd has just given $250million to Africa to fight AIDS at the same time Yass hospital can’t afford to employ a doctor . . .

I this the same bloke that was going to fix our hospital system??

OpenYourMind 10:17 pm 09 Oct 10

and don’t forget that if the plant waterer doesn’t have an appropriate clearance, then some poor bunny is going to have to escort the plant waterer around. A thankless job for the escort and a waste of resources.

georgesgenitals 9:52 pm 09 Oct 10

This is bog standard – nothing to see here.

creative_canberran 6:18 pm 09 Oct 10

It’s typical and absolutely justified. It has nothing to do with the job but the environment and the materials they may come across.
Many local companies such as offset printers have people who are Top Secret + Positive Vetted… yes, a level above top secret because they print reports for Defence.

harvyk1 5:55 pm 09 Oct 10

Makes perfect sense. They want someone who can tend to plants sitting within an area which requires secret clearance. As it is illegal for someone to be in such an area without said clearance (without being escorted) it is of no surprise.

Me no fry said :

Sounds like a giant wank to me – but perfectly in keeping with the times. Soon you’ll need a Top Secret clearance just to clean the dunnies in a government office.

If the dunnies in a top secret area need to be cleaned, then yes, you already will need top secret clearance to be cleaning those dunnies.

A Noisy Noise Annoys 5:54 pm 09 Oct 10

Just abolish AusAid and all foreign aid altogether. Rudd has just given $250million to Africa to fight AIDS at the same time Yass hospital can’t afford to employ a doctor . . .

Captain RAAF 5:50 pm 09 Oct 10

The cleaner at my work holds a SECRET clearance yet looks as dodgy as a football bat.

farnarkler 5:48 pm 09 Oct 10

Leave a document lying around at DFAT and you get a warning. Do it again and you’re out. Pity we’re not in the old admin building where we had a walk-in safe. Ahhh the memories of locking ***** in there.

Gerry-Built 3:41 pm 09 Oct 10

part of holding secret security rating means they have signed agreements to hold any secrets they ‘happen’ across. We’ve all heard stories about documents being left lying around…

My Mother-in-Law held Top-Secret clearance in her first Public Service job, in Defence, shredding documents – and that was 40+ years ago… nothing new…

farnarkler 3:07 pm 09 Oct 10

All DFAT (which ausaid is a part of) staff have top secret clearance. Remember too that, as most cleaning staff are from a non English speaking background, that line of work would be ideal for foreign intelligence services to slip in a few agents.

Groundjester 2:18 pm 09 Oct 10

It sounds like they will be accessing a secure area. All support staff such as cleaners and plant waterers who enter such areas have to hold a secret clearance.

realityskin 1:05 pm 09 Oct 10

Same as all the agencies that require clearance.

Me no fry 11:56 am 09 Oct 10

Sounds like a giant wank to me – but perfectly in keeping with the times. Soon you’ll need a Top Secret clearance just to clean the dunnies in a government office.

I knew the world had gone slightly mad when the government department in which I worked explained how the American Patriot Act would potentially affect the way we did our job.

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