The Division of Well being and Human Companies worker who allegedly leaked Victoria’s highway map to restoration plan to a newspaper is now being investigated by police.
However the determination to research the employee has been slammed by critics, who’ve described the transfer as an act of revenge and a “witch-hunt”.
The drama started on September 3, when the Herald Sunnewspaper, which is owned by Information Corp Australia, revealed particulars of the top-secret coronavirus restoration doc days earlier than Premier Daniel Andrews publicly revealed the official plan.
The paperwork revealed the state’s lockdown could be prolonged, together with the phased reopening of colleges and no clear timeline for the reopening of many companies.
On the time, Mr Andrews downplayed the importance of the doc, insisting it was of “no standing” and was old-fashioned – however the ultimate model proved to be nearly similar to the leaked draft.
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And this week, it was revealed that the DHHS had referred the matter to Victoria Police after an inside investigation, with e-crime squad detectives now on the case.
“Victoria Police can verify it has acquired a referral from a authorities division in relation to unauthorised entry of data,” Victoria Police mentioned in an announcement despatched to information.com.au.
“This matter is being investigated by the e-crime squad and as this investigation is ongoing, it might be inappropriate to remark additional at the moment.”
Yesterday, Mr Andrews mentioned the breach was critical, however refused to say whether or not he believed police must be concerned.
“Cupboard in confidence paperwork, below regulation, are essential paperwork that should be appropriately protected,” he mentioned.
At present, the Herald Sun condemned the investigation in a scathing assault.
“It’s a disturbing improvement and seems a vindictive, hypocritical transfer by a division, and authorities, that leaks greater than the Titanic,” reporter Shannon Deery wrote.
“The query should be requested, who was harmed by this leak?
“It posed no safety risk, revealed no state secrets and techniques, and did nothing to undermine the work of the federal government.”
The transfer has additionally been savaged by the Victorian Opposition.
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“Moderately than a witch-hunt, Daniel Andrews must be centered on saving the small companies he’s smashed … due to his lodge quarantine COVID-19 second wave,” Opposition authorized affairs spokesman Edward O’Donohue mentioned, based on The Australian.
Opposition chief Michael O’Brien additionally attacked the investigation on Twitter, posting that “Labor dismissed the leak of its pathetic highway map as irrelevant however now diverts @VictoriaPolice from catching crims to discovering a leaker.”