Stupid is as Stupid Does

I really don’t know why civil servants or politicians use twitter, except to limit their careers.

A public servant sacked for using Twitter to criticise the Federal Government’s immigration policy will continue to fight her dismissal in the courts.

Immigration Department employee Michaela Banerji has lost a last-minute appeal in the Federal Court and will be sacked for tweeting comments critical of immigration detention, its management and the Federal Government.

The Department of Immigration sanctioned Ms Banerji late last year after she was caught tweeting anonymously about immigration detention policy using the handle @LaLegale

Ms Banerji worked in the communications team, and says she learned to use Twitter and Facebook as part of her job.

She has since fought the decision but today lost her last opportunity for an injunction.

“I suppose I just wanted to feel that I had done everything that I could,” Ms Banerji said.

“I would have felt disappointed. I would have always had that nagging feeling ‘oh I just should have taken that one more step’.

“I simply have to accept his Honour’s decision today. Perhaps the universe has a different task for me now.”

Despite the loss, Ms Banerji is vowing to return to court to fight the reasons behind her dismissal.

Stupid is as stupid does, she will lose and further legal action.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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