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Jamie Briggs resignation: Outrage over public servant's privacy breach

Australia's major union representing public servants says the bureaucrat who complained about Jamie Briggs has experienced a "gross breach of privacy".

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The Community and Public Sector Union has called for the privacy of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff member to be protected after a photo of the woman was leaked to the media.

The case of the disgraced former minister and his antics in the crowded bar worsened over the weekend after revelations it was Mr Briggs who shared an image of the woman with friends.

The former Minister of Cities Jamie Briggs reportedly shared the picture before and after the woman had complained about ...
The former Minister of Cities Jamie Briggs reportedly shared the picture before and after the woman had complained about her personal space being invaded. Photo: Andrew Meares

The picture was then published on the front page of a major newspaper.

The ex-cities minister reportedly shared the picture before and after the woman had complained about her personal space being invaded at the bar in the Lan Kwai Fong party district.

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As of Sunday afternoon it was not yet known who sent the photo to News Corp, which ran the photo after pixelating the woman's face.

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The picture, taken by Mr Briggs, showed the woman standing next to the then minister's chief of staff Stuart Eaton.

Assistant CPSU national secretary Michael Tull said "people should feel safe to raise their concerns without this kind of blowback".

"If this kind of gross breach of privacy had come from a senior departmental official, or any other public sector worker for that matter, that person would be facing serious repercussions," Mr Tull said.

"It's never easy for a person who works in the public sector to raise inappropriate behaviour, especially when a politician is involved.

"All Australian workers should feel they are safe from this sort of unreasonable treatment."

There are differing reports about the details of the incident in late November. Some involve Mr Briggs, a married father of three, kissing the woman on the cheek and making a remark about the woman's "piercing eyes".

According to another account, he gave her a kiss on the neck.

Mr Briggs told News Limited he had nothing to do with the initial news story that ran the pixelated photograph on Saturday.

Earlier in the week Mr Briggs said he did not want to name the woman to protect her privacy.