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NEW SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY AN ‘OUTRAGEOUS INTRUSION OF PRIVACY’

07 Aug 2017


The Federal Government’s new public service policy on social media is an “outrageous intrusion of privacy” that undermines the right of public sector workers to participate in community life, says Brian Mitchell, the federal Labor MP for Lyons.

Mr Mitchell says the policy is “complete over-reach”.

“Public sector workers are not Government property  – they have a right to a life outside of work, and that includes being able to participate in issues that matter to them.

“This is a matter of principle. Public sector workers hold a range of opinions spanning the political spectrum and have a right to express them in their own time.”

Mr Mitchell said existing codes of conduct for social media made it clear that public sector workers had to maintain clear lines of distinction between their work and private lives, that information gained at work must not be exploited, and that professionalism required a high degree of judgement when using social media.

“The new policy goes too far – it is completely unnecessary and it betrays an obsession for control.

‘The Turnbull Government must demand that the newer, intrusive elements of the policy be sent to the trash and deleted.”

MEDIA CONTACTS: BRIAN MITCHELL 0409 219 753

8 AUGUST 2017



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