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Policy vs Freedom of Speech

Government policy and your rights

Policy vs Freedom of Speech

A social media ‘guide’ produced by the Australian Public Service Commission outlines some disquieting advice for public servants.

While guides are essential for organisations to draw a line in the sand for those who are perhaps a little carefree online, do these new guidelines violate freedom of speech?

For instance, ‘Liking’ a tweet critical of the government could land you in trouble under the new guidelines. So will the guidelines only encourage self-censorship and further foster the government’s risk-adverse culture?

Even if you are a public servant, aren’t you still part of the broader society who votes and pays taxes to these political departments?

Whatever your thoughts, if you are on the lookout for a job in the public service, perhaps a little self-censorship is in order, for the time being, you never know who’s watching.

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