The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is seeking to further tighten its social media policy to ban any online comment on politics or government policy of any kind by its staff, and require that staff not use, even in a private capacity, social media sites that might reflect poorly on the department.

A revised policy circulated to staff "for comment" represents an even more draconian limitation on private expression by PM&C staff than the previous iteration of the department's policy. That policy, revealed by Samantha Maiden, caused consternation with its Stasi-like demand that staff inform on each other if they suspected a colleague of anonymously or pseudonymously making political comment. The proposed policy simply bans any comment at all, instructing staff not to: