Alan Tudge Centrelink scandal

One of the pillars of democracy is transparency, the cleansing effect of sunlight and all that. Australian governments have proudly upheld both this principle by passing and maintaining freedom of information laws, and their eternal passive-aggressive resistance to its actual application to them.

Thus, The Tale of the Reticent Tudge, chapter three. To recap: Andie Fox, an Australian citizen, had written an article outlining her experience at the hands of Centrelink’s robo-debt computer, pursuing her for alleged welfare overpayments. Centrelink responded, not by dealing with her issue but by releasing her personal information to Human Services Minister Alan Tudge's office, which, in turn, released it to the media.