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Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service Commission - Compliance model exposed'
"I imagine there are a number of parties who would be willing to collude in stopping public servants from being dissenting voices (or voices of any kind). Politicians, for a start. They don't want surprises and they don't want dissent. They…"
Aug 14, 2013
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Taxation Office - Call centre staff screaming for decent management practices'
"This discussion reminds me of Puccini’s opera, Turandot, an opera set in imperial China, and full of death and cruelty. Strange, I know, but read on ... The main character, Princess Turandot, is described in an article I’ve been reading…"
Jul 16, 2013
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Taxation Office - Call centre staff screaming for decent management practices'
"I ran a focus group for the ATO call centres some years ago. It was overwhelmingly negative, the kind of discussion you would expect from people who are being continually kicked in the head. I wrote up the results, which not surprisingly were…"
Jul 4, 2013
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Observations on the conduct of psychiatric assessments'
"i·at·ro·gen·ic   /īˌatrəˈjenik/ Adjective Of or relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment. "
May 19, 2013
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Observations on the conduct of psychiatric assessments'
"Steve, that's great work. I'm wondering if Ozloop could provide training to anyone wanting to be an advocate for staff forced to attend psychiatric interviews? I for one would be a volunteer. "
May 17, 2013
Ron West commented on Ron West's blog post 'So which countries have something to teach us about Gov 2.0?'
"Hah! So at least we know where we're starting from!"
May 11, 2013
Without Prejudice commented on Ron West's blog post 'So which countries have something to teach us about Gov 2.0?'
May 10, 2013
Ron West commented on Ron West's blog post 'So which countries have something to teach us about Gov 2.0?'
"Yeah, right! I seem to have walked right into a vacuum with this post ... "
May 10, 2013
Straz commented on Ron West's blog post 'So which countries have something to teach us about Gov 2.0?'
"Iraq?"
May 10, 2013
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So which countries have something to teach us about Gov 2.0?

I'm pretty sure the APS has something to learn - from everything I've read here, it's not accountable, it's internally focussed  rather than outwardly, concerned about protecting reputation more than making a difference, not at all concerned about citizen engagement (and in that regard I'm still cogitating about that amazing  post that Serene posted about the DSTO a while ago) ... the list goes on. But which countries are actually innovating and blazing a path for everyone else to follow - even…See More
May 9, 2013
Ron West commented on Ron West's blog post 'Dear ATO Media Unit , Your Gruen Transfer Challenge is already in your inbox!!!'
"Gruen transfer might be on a hiding to nothing! I think the ATO Media Unit needs a lot of help - first and foremost in how to engage (where the word "engage" implies more than one-way "right idea in the right mind at the right…"
Apr 11, 2013
steve davies commented on Ron West's blog post 'Dear ATO Media Unit , Your Gruen Transfer Challenge is already in your inbox!!!'
"Nice one Ron. I've tweeted @ato and let them know the Gruen Transfer is expecting to hear from them ;) If, on the other hand, they want to do something constructive they should check out the videos I've put up on OZloop of General James…"
Apr 11, 2013
Ron West posted a blog post

Dear ATO Media Unit , Your Gruen Transfer Challenge is already in your inbox!!!

Dear ATO Media Unit!Just a friendly reminder that your chance to do something wonderful in the spirit of The Gruen Transfer (you know the ABC TV show about advertising and spin) is already in your inbox!Of course, I'm referring to the segment on the Gruen Transfer where contestants are asked to come up with a campaign (visuals, voiceover, ditty etc) for some kind of impossible sell.Like selling all-out war to refugees from a warzone, that kind of thing.Well, as I mentioned, your challenge is in…See More
Apr 11, 2013
Dianne Gray commented on Ron West's blog post 'Dear ATO Media Unit'
"The MPC were actually very good, Ron. They didn't have the authority to do anything other than look at the process and procedural fairness etc., but that's all I needed for the ATO to overturn the charge. It almost didn't get through…"
Mar 12, 2013
Ron West commented on Ron West's blog post 'Dear ATO Media Unit'
"Dianne, your experience sounds to me like something from Kafka, The Trial, or The Castle, take your pick.  I'm glad you've got out of the place and found life outside it. And I'm also glad to hear that at least one mechanism…"
Mar 12, 2013
Dianne Gray commented on Ron West's blog post 'Dear ATO Media Unit'
"Thanks for the question Deep S. The MCP sent a 7 page recommendation to the ATO requesting they put my code of conduct aside and review their procedures. Whether or not their procedures have been updated or overhauled I don’t know because I no…"
Mar 12, 2013

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So which countries have something to teach us about Gov 2.0?

I'm pretty sure the APS has something to learn - from everything I've read here, it's not accountable, it's internally focussed  rather than outwardly, concerned about protecting reputation more than making a difference, not at all concerned about citizen engagement (and in that regard I'm still cogitating about that amazing  post that Serene posted about the DSTO a while ago) ... the list goes on. 

But which countries are actually innovating and blazing a path for everyone…

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Posted on May 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Dear ATO Media Unit , Your Gruen Transfer Challenge is already in your inbox!!!

Dear ATO Media Unit!

Just a friendly reminder that your chance to do something wonderful in the spirit of The Gruen Transfer (you know the ABC TV show about advertising and spin) is already in your…

Continue

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 4:28pm — 3 Comments

Dear ATO Media Unit

Dear ATO Media Unit,

It seems ages since I’ve heard from you guys … 

Maybe it’s because you’re so smart; you know that silence speaks louder than words. 

Actually, when I thought about you today, I was reminded of the situation that sometimes…

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Posted on February 13, 2013 at 4:40pm — 8 Comments

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At 9:51am on April 13, 2012, steve davies said…

Hi Ron my friend

Welcome to Ozloop.

Regards

Steve

 
 
 

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