Twitter, Facebook out of bounds for Coalition staff under strict controls

The Abbott government has quietly introduced a hardline code of conduct for ministerial staff, banning political commentary on social media sites including Twitter and Facebook.

The ban also extends to current Coalition staff writing books and newspaper articles and staff seeking “further guidance” on the new rules are referred directly to Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin.

“The Prime Minister’s chief of staff should be consulted for further guidance.”

The move comes after the Prime Minister’s office last year cracked down on media appearances by the Coalition frontbench, issuing an edict that all media requests for interviews be approved by the Prime Minister’s staff.

The tight controls from the prime minister’s office have, however, also attracted attention to Ms Credlin, with Mr Abbott’s chief of staff accused of being a “control freak”.


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