Appointed public officials and public relations practice: Issues of accountability, ethics and professionalism in the 'children overboard' affair

Harrison, John (2002). Appointed public officials and public relations practice: Issues of accountability, ethics and professionalism in the 'children overboard' affair. In: , Proceedings of: International Institute for Public Ethics Biennial Conference: Reconstructing 'the Public Interest' in a Globalising World. International Institute for Public Ethics Biennial Conference: Reconstructing 'the Public Interest' in a Globalising World, Brisbane, Australia, (1-13). 4-7 October 2002.

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Author Harrison, John
Title of paper Appointed public officials and public relations practice: Issues of accountability, ethics and professionalism in the 'children overboard' affair
Conference name International Institute for Public Ethics Biennial Conference: Reconstructing 'the Public Interest' in a Globalising World
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 4-7 October 2002
Proceedings title Proceedings of: International Institute for Public Ethics Biennial Conference: Reconstructing 'the Public Interest' in a Globalising World
Publication Year 2002
Year available 2002
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper examines the performance of the Australian Defence Department's Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Division (PACCD) in relation to public statements by Ministers of the Crown that children were thrown overboard from a 'Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel', off the Australian territory of Christmas Island on October 7, 2001. It concludes that public affairs officials in the Department of Defence failed to act in the public interest, however construed, and did not act in accordance with the Values Statement of the Australian Public Service, nor the Code of Ethics of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
Subjects 350206 Advertising and Public Relations
440104 Applied Ethics (incl. Bioethics and Environmental Ethics)
Keyword Public relations ethics
Applied ethics
Refugees - Australia
Illegal immigrants - Australia
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Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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Additional Notes The paper was delivered under the title: 'Going overboard: was the use of video and still pictures in the Australian government's public relations campaign against asylum seekers in the public interest?'. Pagination refers to publication in pdf format.

 
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