We know Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in constant correspondence with ABC managing director Mark Scott, but is he trying to have any of those conversations on the down low? The Mandarin recently reported that public service employees are increasingly writing notes on Post-Its in order to avoid advice to government being released under freedom of information laws. We have been wondering whether Turnbull would like some of his conversations with the heads of the agencies he is responsible for to be a bit more covert.
We filed a freedom of information request with the ABC last month asking whether Turnbull’s office had sent any emails to either Scott or his assistant mentioning Turnbull’s favourite self-destructing messaging app, Wickr. Alas, it appears if Scott and Turnbull are communicating over Wickr, it wasn’t mentioned in any emails between the two. We’ve got similar inquiries in with SBS, NBN and Australia Post, but the ABC was prompt with its response.