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steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Spotlight on Reinventing the ATO'
"A brief update on further action: Yesterday I emailed Michael Cranston letting him know of my post. I also tweeted it at the ATO and let them know I had emailed Michael. As the ATO touches the lives of every Australian, and we are in the midst of…"
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Spotlight on Reinventing the ATO

A disappointing headline on todays Canberra Times website.Crackdown on rich baby boomers ATO targets rich Australians who are using a trick involving children to get around paying taxIt is well known and documented that the baby boomers had it easier than other generations and social policy has been skewed to gain the boomer vote. However, it is simplistic of the Canberra Times to be playing the generational card and the class card over such serious matters as taxation.To be transparent. Yes, I…See More
Thursday
Tom White commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"Yes they are putrid scumbags, they sent bailiffs to my house for document service and threatened my housemate that they thought was me, then I directed them not to do that ever again over the phone but the bloke I spoke to, Steven Moloney was…"
Apr 1
gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"None of the "Charters" or any other statutory rules apply (according to them). Even the words "rights at law" etc in the Taxpayer's Charter mean anything to the ATO, and they have told me as such. The ONLY right we have is…"
Apr 1
Tom White commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"Thanks fellas, I give it my best shot, representing myself but I make the bastards know I exist, just hope I get judge Robin, he said this case has a future but other buffoon judge threw it out"
Apr 1
steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"Interestingly we also have this http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/national-priorities/charter-of-healthcare-rights/ I stress it's a charter. Spoken to them and they've asked me to email them. However, as we all know there are…"
Mar 31
gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"Cool, thanks Tom. I think that there are quite a few court rulings on Duty of Care, including quite specific ones regarding the ATO (from my homework so far). The thing is to have some specific new cases tested, I can't see the "no duty of…"
Mar 31
Tom White commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"Think I found a handy element of law to keep these bastards honest   In Australia Health consumers have rights that guarantee them: a satisfactory service, dignity and privacy, adequate information, due skill, treatment in a professional…"
Mar 31
steve davies posted a blog post

Demand decency in government - End the political duopoly

The Guardian's @vanbdham reports that Malcolm Fraser's Renew Australia party is a lament for the country we should have hadIt's an informative and positive piece. Except for the sentiment that,It’s not so much a vision for a new Australia, so much as a lament for the…See More
Mar 31
Al Boyd commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"Thye first task of reinvention was to explicitly alienate all staff who work in 'enabling' areas like Design and HR. The covert intent was to make us feel peripheral to the ATO's core functions. Once we were made to  feel not…"
Mar 31
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"Hi Simon - thanks for joining us. Have a great day - Steve"
Mar 31
gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"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."
Mar 30
steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"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…"
Mar 30
gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Public service creates adjustment disorders'
"As I have often commented, "Misfeasance" is a concept whose time has come in the litigation sphere. Most of you have very clear, documented cases. Tort law is useful.  ;-)"
Mar 30
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Mar 30
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…"
Mar 29
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…"
Mar 29
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…"
Mar 27
gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction'
"PM me."
Mar 27
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."
Mar 27

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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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Spotlight on Reinventing the ATO

A disappointing headline on todays Canberra Times website.

Crackdown on rich baby boomers

ATO targets rich Australians who are using a trick involving children to get around paying tax

It is well known and documented that the baby boomers had it easier…

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Posted on April 16, 2015 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

Demand decency in government - End the political duopoly

The Guardian's @vanbdham reports that Malcolm Fraser's Renew Australia party is a lament for the country we should have had

It's an informative and positive piece. Except for the sentiment that,…

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Posted on March 31, 2015 at 11:00am

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 — 16 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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Aussies Are…

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

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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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