Public Sector Informant: Why governments don't always plug their own leaks

By Rodney Tiffen
Updated July 2 2019 - 2:53pm, first published June 26 2019 - 11:00am

"Leaking blows apart the Westminster tradition of confidentiality upon which the provision of frank and fearless advice depends," the head of the Prime Minister's Department, Peter Shergold, told an audience in Sydney in late 2004. Not only is leaking a criminal offence, he added, "it's also democratic sabotage".

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