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Secrecy: Chapter two.

July 22, 2014

While I thank Unley  Councillor Bob Schnell for his timely comments and explanation of the rules regarding the opening of letters by people other than the intended recipient, I do not resile from my criticism of the practice.

In the case he refers to, where a letter  CLEARLY addressed to me at P.O.Box 1, Unley,  was opened, scanned and filed!!!,   I  understand that those responsible were merely following the law.  AND I CERTAINLY DO NOT CRITICISE THEM FOR THAT. What is of great concern is  that such a law should ever have been promulgated and passed in the first place, as it is a clear violation of privacy.

Not only was the letter’s recipient clearly identified, but the envelope carried the name of the sender, a prominent state politician. It also contained information that could have jeopardised the safety of an individual.

I don’t give a damn about the law as it stands. It is wrong. It is unacceptable. It should be revoked, or at least severely curtailed.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Cr Bob Schnell permalink
    July 22, 2014 8:15 pm

    I totally agree Mike.
    What annoys me is that the State Government (no matter which party is in power) places all of these legally binding conditions on the State’s 68 Councils. They impose conditions that don’t apply to the State Government’s politicians.
    I believe that whatever rules are imposed on the Councils should equally be imposed on the State’s politicians. We are treated disrespectfully as the low third tier of Government.
    We have postal votes. They don’t.
    We have no privilege at Council. They have parliamentary privilege.
    And so the list of inequality goes on.
    Will it ever change? Unlikely.
    Oh by the way, the State politicians get paid 25 times the allowance paid to Councillors (using a fully loaded model including office support). Whoops, I forgot the car.


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