After posting a series of tweets critical of the government, public servant Michaela Banerji was fired last year, despite having posted anonymously. This has led to accusations of the government attacking free speech, which is not protected by law in Australia. The government has been swift to deny such allegations, claiming Banerki wasn’t fired for criticising the government, but for ‘doing bird stuff.’
“It’s not that we’re trying to curtail her freedom of speech,” said Immigration Department spokesman Sandi Logan, who heads the communication team in which Banerji worked, “we just believe that government representatives should behave themselves with a certain sense of dignity. Nobody would be complaining if we’d fired her for running around flapping her arms, or laying eggs everywhere, it just happens that for some reason ‘tweeting’ has become socially acceptable. Well so is topless sunbathing, but obviously that’s not allowed at the office.”
Logan chose to ignore the fact that Banerji tweeted from home, outside of work hours. Shortly afterwards, she was fired for bottomless sunbathing in the office.
Newslab lawyers have confirmed it’s still legal for birds to do human stuff, which is lucky for this parrot.
Reported by Sam Rugg