Court rules against bureaucrat’s freedom to tweet

By Julian Bajkowski Conflicts over the personal and official use of social media by public sector employees are again under the spotlight after a Federal Circuit Court Judge knocked-back an attempt by a Canberra public servant to obtain injunction on any move to have her sacked over tweets that were made in a non-official capacity. […]

Paywall to surround official government Style guide

By Julian Bajkowski The federal government’s official style guide is set to become a pay-per-view exercise after the Department of Finance and Deregulation revealed that it will imminently gavel-off the public sector reference manual to private operators to cut costs. A tender notification issued by Finance reveals that the agency intends to pursue a “seeking […]

LGSA accelerates social media push

By Paul Hemsley The Local Government and Shires Association of New South Wales (LGSA) has become the latest local government peak body to launch a Twitter account as part of its website redesign and relaunch. The LGSA has joined the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the Victorian Local Governance Association […]

‘Shovel-ready’ announced as Word of the Year

By Rob O’Brien The Macquarie Dictionary has announced ‘shovel-ready’ as the Word of the Year for 2009 for inclusion in the annual update of the Macquarie Dictionary Online.   Its meaning: ‘capable of being initiated immediately, as soon as funding is assured’ (of a building or infrastructure project), reflected an issue that dominated 2009, according to […]


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