Politically motivated corruption at the Attorney-General’s Department

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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

I refer to this Liberal Party advertisement published by the supposedly ‘independent’ Attorney-General’s Department: https://twitter.com/agdgovau/status/1362... and which conveys the Liberal Party’s political view that a merger of the family court is apparently ‘overdue’ – when in fact, independent experts advise that these ‘reforms’ will lead to further violence against women (which, noting Brittany Higgins, is apparently the Liberal Party’s raison d’etre).

The publication of this political advertisement indicates that either:

- the Department’s twitter account has, in the commission of a criminal offence, been hacked by a member of the Liberal Party who has used taxpayer resources to publish political advertising; or
- the Department has again been infiltrated by a corrupt Liberal Party grub who has contravened the Public Service Act 1999 by using Commonwealth resources to publish an advertisement for their beloved Liberal Party.

Either way, illegal activity has been engaged in and the perpetrator of the illegality should be brought to justice.

To that end, under the FOI Act, I seek a copy of any document that constitutes an authorisation for the above-mentioned tweet/political advertisement to be published by way of AGD’s twitter account.

In processing this request, I remind AGD staff (because it’s apparently necessary) of their legal obligation to act honestly, transparently, apolitically and with integrity.

The release of the documents at issue are clearly in the public interest noting paragraph 6.19 of the FOI Guidelines states that a public interest factor favouring disclosure of a document is that the document will ‘reveal or substantiate that an agency or official has engaged in misconduct or negligent, improper or unlawful conduct.’

Also, as AGD Senior Executives always say when advocating for laws that intrude ever closer on the privacy of Australian citizens – ‘if you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear’.


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Dear Attorney-General's Department,

Further to my request, I note media reports of another recent instance of partisan and politically motivated corruption engaged in by the Attorney General's Department: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/...

At a time when public sector corruption, such as that engaged in by the Attorney-General's Department, is at endemic levels across the APS, and noting that there is broad-based support across Australia for the establishment of an independent federal commission to deal with public sector corruption such as that engaged in by the Attorney-General's Department, there is a strong public interest in the release of the documents the subject of my request.