Ron West's Page

Latest Activity

Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'The collapse of governance - Australia leads the way'
"For an interesting report on Andrew Wilkie talking about the dangers of some current legislation: http://goo.gl/Xbr2Px I'm afraid we're very much in a top down society, becoming more and more feudal by the day. From…"
10 hours ago
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Free Speech 2014 - Let's take it and shape it!'
"For what I meant by "enforced silence" in my previous post, look no further than Nick Xenophon's recent motion in the senate about the alleged attempt to discipline a witness to the already discredited Pel-Air investigation in 2009.…"
Jul 12
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Free Speech 2014 - Let's take it and shape it!'
"I'm glad you've taken an interest in this, Steve.  I had a quick look at the agenda, and there doesn't seem to be any consideration of public servants speaking out against wrong doing, or whistleblowers more generally, surely…"
Jul 12
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"Great concept, Steve, standing for something and then ensuring that the behaviour follows the stance. I think it’s way overdue - the strength and integrity of our institutions are currently being weakened because, as you say, they're…"
Jul 7
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"Is is also the case that if the employee loses, the ATO comes after them for “costs”? Does that have somethng to do with all those lawyers in the courtroom? Lose this case and we’ll bankrupt you? "
Jul 5
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"I've been thinking of a comparison that until recently would have made little sense: the recent situation in Thailand, where it had become obvious that the politicians on either side were so self-interested, nothing to the benefit of the Thai…"
Jul 5
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"When I read in the Canberra Times report the response from the anonymous ATO spokeswoman, I did think of this definition:  mealy·mouthed. adjective \ˈmē-lē-ˌmau̇thd, -ˌmau̇tht\. : not willing to tell the truth in clear and simple…"
Jul 3
Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Freedom Commissioner should actively support social media freedoms'
" From what I’ve read about Tim Wilson’s views, here and elsewhere, if I were a public servant I wouldn’t expect his thoughts on my abiity to participate in any debate through social media to align in any way with mine.  "
May 26
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

Profile Information

State/Territory/Country
Victoria
Jurisidiction
Australian Public Service
Current Agency or Organisation
ATO
The public sector of the future should . . .
Find ways of not being fear driven.

Ron West's Blog

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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

Comment Wall (1 comment)

You need to be a member of OZloop to add comments!

Join OZloop

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

Hi Ron my friend

Welcome to Ozloop.

Regards

Steve

 
 
 

Useful sites


 

APS Bullying

 

badHealthqld

 

Crikey

 

Data.gov.au

 

eGovernment Resource Centre

 

Govloop

 

 

To see more sites or suggest other please visit our links page.

© 2014   Created by steve davies.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service