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  • Friday, October 21, 2005

    Aussie guidelines on how to destroy information

    From PR Watch:

    Guidelines issued by the Australian government's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet advise public servants on how to avoid personal notebook comments being disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act. "As some comments included in notebooks may have the potential to cause embarrassment or could be misinterpreted if taken out of context, you should transcribe the information that needs to be recorded into a file note, record of conversation or minute, and ensure it is placed on the appropriate departmental file. You can then destroy the original notes," the guideline says. In 2002 a Senate Committee of Inquiry investigating fabricated claims against a group of refugees perpetuated by a government taskforce complained that a failure to keep proper records rendered "the activities of the Taskforce largely inaccessible to subsequent scrutiny."

    Information that could be embarrassing or taken out of context? The Aussies have some interesting slang (eg. root does not mean "support") but I never knew that "guilty as sin" was expressed as "embarrassing or taken out of context" in Australia. Let's try it out: "Did Judge Redmond Barry find Ned Kelly to be guilty?" "Yes, the judge said he was embarrassing or taken out of context."

    2 Comments:

    At 10/22/2005 01:11:00 am, Blogger Jez said...

    isn't a root something which comes at the bottom end of a tree?

     
    At 10/22/2005 03:30:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    In Australian slang it is much more than that.

     

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