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Stupid Public Servants Sacked for Internet Porn

By Kramer - 26 July 2007 38

The Canberra Times reports that a large number of staff from the Department of Fisheries & Forestry have been busted for inappropriate use of internet services, in accessing porn sites or distributing explicit emails. Following the bust 11 staff were sacked, 14 staff have resigned, and numerous others received pay cuts, fines, or reprimands.

Public Service agencies widely advertise the regulations for use of internet services and the ramifications for inappropriate use. Is it not common knowledge that internet services in government agencies are monitored? So were these people stupid, or were they looking for early retirement?

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Stupid Public Servants Sacked for Internet Porn
Absent Diane 5:04 pm 26 Jul 07

I share justbands sentiments on this one. People aren’t forced to act in porn and people aren’t forced to watch it. And miserable creatures with draconian attitudes based on misguided religious beliefs should keep their miserable thoughts to themselves.

But yes keep it out of work.

Jazz 5:00 pm 26 Jul 07

“Mature people do not need it or use it”

interesting blanket statement you make there vicepope. how do you justify that stance?

Mael, in a previous life i was responsible for investigating inappropriate use of govt computers. it was pretty easy to spot those people that had inadvertantly opened the wrong email, had heaps of popups from clicking the wrong google link. we usually ignored those people and moved on to the habitual ones.

Maelinar 4:48 pm 26 Jul 07

I’d say this is email related.

It’s not rocket science to receive a ‘questionable’ email, and to forward it to 11-14 colleagues at work.

In 10 minutes, the entire department is looking at the email, and you’ve received it back 3 times already.

This puts public servants in the difficult position of trying to be conciensious and PC at the same time. In order to see the nature of the email you have been sent, usually you have to open the file, thus exposing yourself to an allegation of indiscretion.

So on the one hand, if I do not respond to emails, I get raked over the coals, and on the other, if I open emails and they are naughty, I get raked over the coals.

This case is presumably a little bit different, but appropriately, a public servant should be given the benefit of the doubt to check the email, make an appropriate decision, and delete it quicksmart if it’s wrong and bad.

Same thing goes for nasty links on websites that open up 50 porn sites when you click the X.

justbands 4:14 pm 26 Jul 07

> Porn is sometimes illegal. It is almost always degrading and insulting to someone, usually women. Mature people do not need it or use it. Those miserable creatures who want to view it can do so in the privacy of their own premises.

I can’t agree with that. Personally I’ve got nothing against porn, but yeah….in your own time, in your own homes, using your own bandwidth people.

VicePope 3:54 pm 26 Jul 07

Anyone who does not know by now that using public service facilities to access porn is wrong would have to be ineducably stupid. People have been chucked out or gone through other forms of discipline for years for doing it. Any public sector organisation has firm and express guidelines about use of IT. Everyone knows that they can and will be monitored in the way they use technology. It’s not rocket science and those caught do not deserve much in the way of mercy.

Porn is sometimes illegal. It is almost always degrading and insulting to someone, usually women. Mature people do not need it or use it. Those miserable creatures who want to view it can do so in the privacy of their own premises.

Sammy 2:13 pm 26 Jul 07

I find it amusing that the Public Sector Union is calling for more education for staff, to educate them that looking at porn at work is not ok.

Ingeegoodbee 2:11 pm 26 Jul 07

What an increadible and utter absence of judgement! Never forget that these oxygen theives are spending your taxes people. disgraceful.

andy 1:52 pm 26 Jul 07

Oh.. that’s completely right justbands.. I forgot about that.

justbands 1:07 pm 26 Jul 07

> I’d hazard a guess that a large number of them probably worked in the IT Services group..

Their IT is outsourced (to Volante) who would have performed most of the investigation I’m sure.

andy 1:00 pm 26 Jul 07

I’d hazard a guess that a large number of them probably worked in the IT Services group..

LlamaFrog 12:31 pm 26 Jul 07

Mr Evil have you been watching me?

Mr Evil 12:30 pm 26 Jul 07

You can’t look at porn or read naughty e-mails, but it’s probably okay to sit yakking on the phone to your family/mates or take 200 coffee/cigarette breaks every day.

shauno 12:14 pm 26 Jul 07

So 25 pubes cut and I bet the job gets done without any loss of productivity.

toriness 11:45 am 26 Jul 07

astounding stupidity

Danman 11:34 am 26 Jul 07

The Riot was blocked from my work last year.

I work in Open Source Info so I sent a job to IT saying unblock it – I use it for local news and events – and so they did and so it has remained – no doubt of much relief to many readers within my department.

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