Public servants privacy: ABC Radio National interview

Bradley Allen Love Legal Director John Wilson was recently interviewed on the Privacy of Public Servants by ABC Radio National for their Background Briefing program.

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that Centrelink’s decision to sack an employee for anonymous posts critical of the department on a discussion group was a “gross intrusion on the private lives of public servants”.

The Department is now appealing. What a public servant is free to say is now being fought in the courts.

Legal Director John Wilson says Daniel Starr’s case is important for a couple of reasons, mainly because the Commission makes a distinction between senior and lower level public servants, and spells out how admin workers are unlikely to derail government policy, no matter how critical they are online. Listen to the full interviewbelow.

Interview conducted by ABC, more information available here.