Public servant loses job over Twitter attack on the government

Last week The Sydney Morning Herald reported that a court has upheld the sacking of a public servant who criticised the government via social media, even though her name and job was not linked to her Twitter account.

Likely to shock all of those who openly criticise their places of work, this judgement means everyone who uses social media in Australia must be more aware of what they publish.

In a decision likely to curtail bureaucrats’ use of social media, Federal Circuit Court Warwick Neville rejected Michaela Banerji’s application for a stay on her dismissal.

Judge Neville found Australians had no ”unfettered implied right (or freedom) of political expression”.

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