From today’s SMH comes this ominous piece of news:
The Abbott government has quietly introduced a hardline code of conduct for ministerial staff, banning political commentary on social media sites including Twitter and Facebook.
The ban also extends to current Coalition staff writing books and newspaper articles and staff seeking “further guidance” on the new rules are referred directly to Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin.
I used the word ‘ominous’ because:
“The Prime Minister’s chief of staff should be consulted for further guidance.”
Though staff have not been banned from using Twitter, Facebook or other social media sites, the move is designed to head off potentially embarrassing commentary for the government.
What do you make of this?