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"Also, the "no duty of care" line has been trumpeted for so long, people actually believe it. There are lawyers and others who don't accept it."
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"Hi Tom This information may be of some help to you. Back in December 2012 I lodged a freedom of information request with the ATO concerning discussions taking place to arrange presentations on psychological injury. I was concerned about these due…"
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Tom White commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"Thanks for input, I just don't think I can get the psychiatrist for any legal cause of action as he supposedly doesn't owe me duty therefore he can't breach any duty but I am doing my best in district court coz his lawyers want it…"
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Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"Unfortunately Tom, IMEs are being misused commonly by the ATO, due to ATO's generally poor culture and poor quality management.. Although I am unable to comment on your specific case it would be true that IMEs often find themselves in the…"
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Tom White commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"I was sent to a psychiatrist in Brisbane by Comcare, his name was Bradley Ng, I recorded (video & audio) the whole interview he did and he specifically stated to me "why didn't I quit" and "of course the APS code of conduct…"
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gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"Sure. I've received a ton of info from the ATO under FOI."
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"Has anyone tried to access under FOI Gary? I would suggest that Comcare has a massive underwriting by the Australian taxpayer. The so-called "premiums" are a joke. Imagine the NRMA running like Comcover ... "
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gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"Under FOI, and public accountability, there needs to be disclosure of the Comcover budgets."
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"To add: I still believe that the way to bring down the ATO is to bring to public attention the massive misappropriation of taxpayers' money through Comcover. Otherwise, no one other than the aggrieved is listening.  Steve is right: all Cth…"
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"Money is everything in litigation as we all know. No money/limited money=no justice. Therefore, IMO, the only way to stop the ATO is cease its bottomless pit of money. Want proof? Just look at their smug faces when they're either in court or on…"
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steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"@gary You are correct. A safe way needs tho be found for people to come forward. The same should apply to all Australian Public Service agencies. @Prof Freud That's 3000 potential whistleblowers in theory. However, the reality is people are…"
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gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"My view is that the Parliamentary Committee MUST hear from those within the ATO. At present, they get the spin from the Commissioners, and, understandably, whatever else comes from the public. The best people, really, to tell it like it is, are…"
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Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"Steve you know how I feel about every wrong doing and every poor work outcome and poor practice and poorly thought out undertaking never seeing the light of day because it is a risk to ATO's reputation. Well yes,  It is. But the real…"
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steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"The acid test for the ATO, like any other agency is whether or not they do actually 'walk the talk'. All to often the obsession with reputation results in a desire to simply move on and dodge accountability for past failures. The…"
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gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"Nor must any future transgressions (no matter how "improved" the ATO is) be permitted to be dealt with in the same way as the litany of past wrongdoings. These are still mere "motherhood statements" until proper legislative…"
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"Media Alert: ATO must improve handling of tax disputes This media release outlines the recommendations of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue. If the ATO is sincere about reinventing itself it is incumbent…"
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Founder of OZloop. Former public servant. Left at the end of 2011 as I concluded that more public service can be done outside the Australian Public Service due to the damage being done to the public service - and many dedicated and progressive individual staff - by managerialism and corporate spin.
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Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction

Something does not add up. On the one hand the Australian Taxation Office is expending effort telling the community it is reinventing itself. On the other I am still being told, through very reliable sources, that the culture is still very much one permeated by fear, risk aversion and group think.

That does not surprise me one bit. Neither does the volume and nature of what looks like a rebadged version of the 'old' corporate spin. You only have to look at the bright and shiny…

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Posted on March 25, 2015 at 11:30am — 15 Comments

Roundtable on Citizenship and the Constitution

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The Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee is hosting its third Constitutional Roundtable on 20 March 2015.

The topic for the Roundtable is Citizenship and the Constitution, and will comprise three sessions:

  • 9.15am Session One: High Court decisions and their impact on the understanding of…
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Posted on March 16, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Australian public opens up government

Australians troll ministers with iMessage texts over data retention

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Posted on March 3, 2015 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Abby Martin - Farewell Breaking the Set. Hello to . . .

I'm not into Kings, Queens, Heroes or Heroins, but I am into inspiring, passionate and socially ethical work.

Abby Martin, journalist, activist and artist completed three years of hosting RT America's Breaking the Set last month. Brilliant, passionate, professional and inspiring activist reporting that puts the mainstream media to shame.

Inspiring observations and messages from Abby. The takeaways for me?…

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Posted on March 2, 2015 at 8:43am

Q&A session with APS Commissioner John Lloyd

Interesting questions asked of the Australian Public Service Commissioner at Senate Estimates by Senator Kate Lundy. You can go to the relevant section of the Hansard minutes here. You will have to scroll down a…

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Posted on February 27, 2015 at 9:53am

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At 6:16pm on March 21, 2014, Sarah said…

Hi Steve.  Thanks for your note. Bbbrrrr is my answer.  Just here to observe and learn.

At 7:15pm on September 27, 2013, Anna Sundin said…
Thank you Steve. Just fron the quick browse I've had there are many interesting and relatable discussion topics on this site. Lots of reading to do!
At 2:02pm on July 16, 2013, Miguel Carrasco said…

Thanks Steve - Things are going very well. We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of BCG in Boston. Look forward  to the networking and discussions on this forum. cheers Miguel

At 10:02pm on March 12, 2013, Johnny said…

I feel like I'm on a treadmill out the door. And yes the default position is to support the manager. HR even wrote it in an email when I complained about the unfairness of a particular decision.

I've asked certain members of the team who have been impacted to also make a complaint. If at least four or five people make a complaint about their treatment it would provide a strong position. However the whole team is scared to bits and everyone has refused.

Many thanks for your support.

At 12:06pm on March 12, 2013, Johnny said…

Hi Steve, many thanks for your comment.

I have received a contact from APS Dignity. The scope is wider than HR but HR are facilitating matters by supporting the managers and refusing to resolve any complaints. Its incredible the way they seek to minimise and reframe matters. All I want is a straight answer and an apology!

At 1:27pm on March 11, 2013, Zira said…
Thanks for the welcome,interesting site,have passed it on to others,whose lives are being screwed by the wonderful world of oz public service,although its more a "oh my goodness,thats what happens here" than how to beat the bastards.But at least its good to know we arent alone in our dilemma.Again thanks
At 9:42am on December 14, 2012, Deep S said…

Thanks Steve.

 

At 11:54am on December 9, 2012, Anthony Peterson said…

Thanks for the welcome Steve. I'm keen to learn from others with more experience at navigating the APS culture. Cheers, Anthony

At 10:21pm on September 8, 2012, gerard crewdson said…

Thanks Steve -It is an excellent site

At 11:00am on May 9, 2012, Evelyn said…

Thanks Steve.  The site looks great. Did not know it existed until I tried Twitter.  

Cheers

Evelyn

 
 
 

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