Labor’s Shadow Human Services Minister Linda Burney has asked the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to investigate the actions of Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, after his office sent a journalist confidential information about a Centrelink claimant in order to counter information contained in one of the claimant’s negative blog posts.
— Linda Burney MP (@LindaBurneyMP) March 2, 2017
Tudge: “Information provided by my office … was done with the approval of the Chief Legal Counsel of the Department of Human Services.” pic.twitter.com/9QiY68eBYK
— Karen Barlow (@KJBar) March 2, 2017
However, Burney’s letter to the AFP says “a number of legal experts publicly stated that reliance on [section 202 of the Social Security Act 1999] is not available and is contrary to a proper reading of the Act and decades of established departmental practice.”
Burney’s letter ain’t a guarantee that action will be taken against Tudge, but it’s still a damning claim. Watch this space – the security of your private information could well be at stake.