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Privacy shattered. Be VERY careful.

July 22, 2014

Please take this warning very  seriously.

Should you wish to contact me, other than by email (and that’s not 100percent secure, I believe), be VERY careful.

Even though the state’s local council elections are more than THREE months away, it seems that the strict  regulations governing them are already being observed as if the strictly-controlled “caretaker” period were  in operation.

I would therefore ask that written correspondence is addressed to me personally at 44a, Blyth Street, Parkside,  and  NOT, I repeat NOT,  care of  PO Box 1 at Unley.

Unfortunately a letter to me of some delicacy, and clearly indicated on the envelope to have been sent by  a prominent member of the community, was opened at the Unley Council offices, and, from the authorising stamp at the bottom of the page, obviously read, as the contents were recorded and detailed at the foot of the page! The information contained  should most certainly not have been seen by a third party, as it could place the person identified in the letter in a potentially dangerous position.

Whether or not the incident IS linked to the forthcoming elections,as may or may not  be the case, is immaterial…

I understand the need for some regulations, but to my mind this is taking scrutiny a step too far. Personal mail should remain just that…personal.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    July 22, 2014 5:24 pm

    😦 Mike, get over it.
    It seems that once again the lawyers have spoilt the fun.
    The Administration is simply abiding by legal advice and opening all incoming mail for elected members.
    It is not related to the care-taker period.
    All Councils are or legally should be doing the same procedure.
    Who to blame: the lawyer, the LGA, the State Government, the local Government Act.

    On the positive side, think of it as your own personal assistant opening your mail and retaining a copy 😉

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    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      July 22, 2014 6:38 pm

      Still not happy, Rhonda. What if one of your many girlfriends sent you a missive and it was opened by “your own personal assistant”?

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      • Cr Bob Schnell permalink
        July 22, 2014 7:40 pm

        hhmmm
        I’m sure that such letters would be handled discreetly 😉

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