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Federal Treasury slams PR firm for human rights breach

Lyall Mercer's Mercer PR is a smallish Brisbane PR firm whose clients include various evangelical faith groups and Queensland industry bodies.

A former star client is the government of Nauru, not exactly a favourite of human rights groups. In fact Mercer’s handling of the account has now been investigated by the Commonwealth Treasury, who advised it to implement Human…

  • Myriam Robin
  • Financial Review

A highly unusual three-year probe by Treasury — under its auspices as administrator of the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises — found Mercer PR’s actions on behalf of the Nauru government “inconsistent with the human rights chapter”. Specifically the parts relating to privacy.

Back in 2015…

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