Good piece in The Australian today about flaks in government departments and instrumentalities who don't want to be named - even when they are giving a no comment. Especially when they are giving a no comment.
While recently trying to chase down a story about gas shortages, The Australian's Matthew Warren rang the Bureau of Meteorology to ask how cold it had been.
"I can't divulge that information," was the reply.
It's one example of a clear pattern developing among media flacks in government and public agencies: even though their salaries are paid by taxpayers, they perceive their job not as giving information out but trying to keep it in.