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ACTKM14 Conference - Creating Value from Your Information and Knowledge

Are you passionate about how organisations learn, develop and are managed?I am excited to be presenting at the IIM National Conference in Canberra on the 27-28 October. My experiential workshop is on empowering open government.The proposition I will be putting forward is that at the federal level in Australia the political and…See More
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APS silence is not golden

On 6 October Michaela Banerji - the public servant unjustifiably hounded out of her job for posting anonymously as a private citizen - sent a submission to the Australian Public Service Commission to assist them with their work concerning the disclosure of the outcomes of misconduct complaints.Michaela prefaced her submission with the following points:The commission cited a recent case where the Immigration Department was found to have hidden behind “classic Yes Minister speak” over a complaint…See More
Oct 9
Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'APS Misconduct - Putting the public first'
"Thanks Brendan.  I agree with your observations about politicians and senior bureaucrats.  It is easier to thread a camel through the eye of a needle than to get politicians make them face justice for their corrupt practices,…"
Oct 8
Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Further update: Despite the seriousness of the offence, (a hate crime), together with the reassurance that the ATO may refer the matter to the cops, neither the Feds nor any other cops have been called in.  The "investigation" is…"
Oct 2
Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'The collapse of governance - Australia leads the way'
"Scary"
Oct 2
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…"
Oct 1
Brendan Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'APS Misconduct - Putting the public first'
"You nailed it, @Straz. I'm yet to encounter a single party politician who will hold a public servant accountable for their actions. And there they were in Parliament this week, giggling as they passed laws drafted by the public service to…"
Oct 1
Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'APS Misconduct - Putting the public first'
"Face it people - no senior bureaucrat ever accepts responsibility or, indeed, is made accountable for any wrong, but they will, gleefully, take the public service medals and big bucks for their honourable (sic) services (sic) to the…"
Oct 1
Brendan Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'APS Misconduct - Putting the public first'
"One of the victims of IP thefts by DSTO scientists put in a complaint, but Defence refused to tell them the outcome to protect the "privacy" of the perpetrators!The victims then tried to get it through FOI, only to have Defence reject…"
Sep 30
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APS Misconduct - Putting the public first

18 September 2014 The Canberra Times says Australian Pubic Service bosses told to open up on complaints. In his piece Canberra Times reporter Noel Towell writes,In a discussion paper about what information should be provided to complainants, Merit Protection Commissioner Karin Fisher says departments "err on the side of non-disclosure"…See More
Sep 30
Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Update - The investigation, by the ATO, is still continuing, with no progress reported.  The (secret) investigation (if any) into the previous swastika / graffiti incident, (that was covered up), also at the Box Hill ATO,…"
Sep 22
Brendan Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'The collapse of governance - Australia leads the way'
"Great post, Steve!Working under the US SPEECH Act is quite straightforward.Under their First Amendment rights (reaffirmed by the US SPEECH Act), *all* Americans (not just journalists) can say whatever they like about public figures (politicians and…"
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The collapse of governance - Australia leads the way

As if right on cue todays Canberra Times published a piece written by Fairfax's Philip Dorling concerning the tapping of the major Australia-New Zealand undersea telecommunications cable. Philip says,A major undersea telecommunications cable that connects Australia and New Zealand to North America has been tapped to allow the United States National Security Agency and its espionage partners to comprehensively harvest Australian and…See More
Sep 16
Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Professor and Cheryl, it is very reassuring, to me, that you so readily react with horror and compassion for Jewish employees confronted with the anti Semitism, in the ATO, as any decent person would.  Sadly, I can…"
Sep 8
Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Horrible to think that management did not speak out.  Absolutely they should have, and they should have been instructed to talk about these behaviours at special meetings and team meetings. A huge failure.  I…"
Sep 8
Cheryl Peters commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"@Straz. You are right, the shocking part was that the person or persons that did that was amongst us.  I was based at Box Hill working in Facilities when the 2007 incident happened.  I am not jewish but until you are confronted by…"
Sep 7
Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Steve, just a further point about the previous incident of swastikas being drawn in mail toilets in indelible ink.  Unlike this time, which is being openly talked about and dealt with because it has been publicised, last time it was…"
Sep 7
Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"The great polarisers of society - the libs - are in power at present.  These are the same lot that got into power via "children overboard" These are the same lot that set their course on re-engineering Australian workplaces. The…"
Sep 6
Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Hi Convict Thanks.  I meant enterprise agreements."
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ACTKM14 Conference - Creating Value from Your Information and Knowledge

Are you passionate about how organisations learn, develop and are managed?

I am excited to be presenting at the IIM National Conference in Canberra on the 27-28 October. My experiential workshop is on empowering open government.

The proposition I will be putting forward is…

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Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:48am

APS silence is not golden

On 6 October Michaela Banerji - the public servant unjustifiably hounded out of her job for posting anonymously as a private citizen - sent a submission to the Australian Public Service Commission to assist them with their work concerning the disclosure of the outcomes of misconduct complaints.

Michaela prefaced her submission with the following points:

  • The commission cited a recent case where the Immigration Department was found to have hidden behind…
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Posted on October 9, 2014 at 10:10am

APS Misconduct - Putting the public first

18 September 2014 The Canberra Times says Australian Pubic Service bosses told to open up on complaints. In his piece Canberra Times reporter Noel Towell writes,

In a discussion paper about what information should be provided to complainants, Merit Protection Commissioner Karin Fisher says departments "err on…

Continue

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

The collapse of governance - Australia leads the way

As if right on cue todays Canberra Times published a piece written by Fairfax's Philip Dorling concerning the tapping of the major Australia-New Zealand undersea telecommunications cable. Philip says,

A major undersea telecommunications cable that connects Australia and New Zealand to North America has been tapped to allow the United States…

Continue

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?

Yet again we have anti-Semitic acts within the Tax Office being called out in the media. The headline in todays Herald Sun?

Australian Tax Office investigates Nazi graffiti at its Box Hill office

Full report from…

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Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:46pm — 13 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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