Civil servant fired over Twitter attacks on government wins case

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Civil servants in Australia can criticise the country’s government on Twitter, so long as they do it under a fake name and outside of work.

That’s the latest result in the case of a former employee of Australia’s immigration department, Michaela Banerji, who was sacked for misconduct in 2013 after posting anonymous tweets that were highly critical of her department and the government’s refugee policy.

Banerji made a claim for compensation due to depression and anxiety that was brought on by her firing — and on Monday, she won.

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