'Utterly disgraceful': social media and the workplace

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Social media use by Australian public servants has given rise to questions pertaining to their political rights, impartiality and privacy outside of work. Drawing on the recent case Starr v Department of Human Services these issues are explored. The findings suggest that social media use has heightened tensions around public servant's rights to comment on issues of the day, and its use by employees both inside and beyond the workplace remains contested terrain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-499
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Issue number3
Early online date23 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


  • Codes of conduct
  • Impartiality
  • Law
  • Public servants
  • Social media


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