Salary details leaked by ABC
The ABC was responsible for a leak of staff salaries to a South Australian politician.
The Guardian Australia reports a freedom of information request made from the office of Robert Brokenshire – now a Family First MLC – led to a much larger cache of data than intended being inadvertently sent.
It isn’t clear how the information reached The Australian, which published the data on Wednesday. The reporter who broke the story was Sarah Martin, South Australia political reporter for The Australian.
In an email to staff, managing director Mark Scott said the material was sent to the MLC’s office in October last year.
“My concern for staff was that the ABC had not kept confidential, important private information. We were concerned about a deliberate leak or computer hacking and asked for an expedited investigation from our Group Audit team,” he wrote.
“Their investigation has shown that the material was inadvertently sent to the office of a South Australian Member of Parliament in October last year in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act.”
”I think it hit like a small tsunami, actually,” one insider told Fairfax.
”The newsroom was quite tense because a lot of ordinary foot-soldiers had gone for small pay increments and been told there was no money left … There is no fairness in this as such. Some of those top salaries ought to be downgraded by $50,000 to $80,000, frankly.”
The ABC has now notified the Privacy Commissioner of the matter.