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NSW Premier’s Office broke state recordkeeping laws in ‘reckless’ destruction of documents

by Availability of information, Integrity of information, Lack of transparency, Records management non-compliance

The NSW premier’s office broke state record-keeping laws by shredding documents related to a pork-barrelling scheme, a watchdog has found.

An adviser to the premier in October told a parliamentary committee she shredded “working advice notes” showing Berejiklian “signed off” on $141.8m of council grants. The staffer also deleted electronic copies.

The working advice notes, which Berejiklian’s staff argued didn’t fall under record-keeping requirements, functioned as pseudo briefing notes and were therefore required to be kept, [the State Archives and Records Authority’s] (SARA) investigation found.

Read more: The Guardian Australia, 22 January, 2021

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