Basin Plan

‘Sensitivities’: Federal agency cracks down against embarrassing leaks

6 May 2018

Peter Hannam, The Sydney Morning Herald
6 May 2018

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has sought to crack down on unauthorised releases of information, blocking access to public email domains and launching investigations into leaks.

Staff in the agency overseeing the implementation of the $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan have been told they face criminal action if they breach public service obligations, according to emails obtained by Fairfax Media.

It’s understood the emails were prompted by a Fairfax Media article on February 17, which cited two former staffers – Maryanne Slattery and Bill Johnston – who criticised “rubbery figures” being used by the agency.

Phillip Glyde, the authority’s chief executive, warned staff the following day the two had provided “very individual views” that failed to take into account the “breadth and totality” of its research.

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