Every year NSW public servants face allegations of criminal conduct made by a member of the public. And notwithstanding a police determination of no case to answer, the most intrusive and punitive administrative process is also applied to those public servants.
Penalties including dismissal, demotion and fines are based solely on an administrative 'investigation' with a decision made only on a 'balance of probability'. There is no appeal.
The experience leads to significant mental and physical health consequences. The standards for many people in public service are far higher and more intrusive than those to which Mr Porter has been subject.
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I would hope to see the Attorney General direct some of his considerable resources to examining the processes which many ordinary Australians are put through and which he says in regard to his own position are unacceptable.
It is no wonder public confidence in the political process is declining. The pub test re double standards is marked fail.