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Australian Government master media agency: Engagement or manipulation?

It was with some ceremony that the Department of Finance announced that Mitchell and Partners Australia is now the Australian Government's master media agency.I am pleased to announce that Mitchell and Partners Australia Pty Ltd (Mitchells) has been appointed as the Australian Government’s master media agency for an initial period of four years. Mitchells was awarded the contract following a competitive open tender process undertaken by the Department of Finance, which was overseen by industry,…See More
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Presentation : Social Media Best Practice Toolkit 2014

Last Wednesday 9 April 2014 I presented at the Australian Government Social Media Best Practice Toolkit 2014 forum organised by the ArkGroup.My paper was titled The rise of citizen journalism - What it means for government and public service.What I endeavoured to do in both my talk and the paper was pull together related observations and threads of argument. These included:The importance of values.The challenge of citizen journalism.Ethical leaking.The gap between the espoused values of the…See More
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Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Understanding APS abuse of power - In seven minutes and 48 seconds'
"Well said, Steve.  It truly resonates. "Obedience is not enough.  Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own?  Power is inflicting pain and humiliation.  Power is tearing human…"
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Tax Office to shed up to 25% of its workforce?

The Taxation Office, like the rest of the Australian Public Service, is under great strain. But let's remind ourselves that it is human beings who are being placed under great strain here. Not the grey faceless public service bureaucrats often portrayed in the media. A portrayal, by the way that is rarely challenged by public service leaders.In difficult and changing times it is important to communicate with people about changes that impact them. This is change management 101.Yes. It has been…See More
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Understanding APS abuse of power - In seven minutes and 48 seconds

At the start of this campaign to expose the systemic abuse of power that is hard wired into the Australian Public Service I did promise myself that I would come up with something short for people to kick back and listen to. The reason for doing so is simple. The Australian Public Service, like other institutions that allow abusive practices grow, do everything they can to stone wall and deny. At times, indeed, my colleagues and I shake our heads in wonder at how abuse of any kind can be…See More
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Exposing The War On Whistleblowers (with Robert Greenwald) FULL Interview

On today's show filmmaker Robert Greenwald explained why the Obama Administration had taken such a harsh attitude toward whistleblowers, how whistleblowers s...
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Brendan Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service cult of leadership'
"@Convict > IMO, it's also all about maintaining the lifestyle of the ruling class in times of fiscal austerity. No one on a six-figure salary in a comfortable job, with great perks like power and generous super etc, wants it to end. The…"
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steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service cult of leadership'
"@Convict Absolutely - Comfort and power. All in the public interest and there are no classes in Australia of course. @Brendan It's not going to happen. But what would government do if senior public servants collectively decided they were going…"
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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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Australian Government master media agency: Engagement or manipulation?

It was with some ceremony that the Department of Finance announced that Mitchell and Partners Australia is now the Australian Government's master media agency.

I am pleased to announce that Mitchell and Partners Australia Pty Ltd (Mitchells) has been appointed as the Australian Government’s master media agency for an initial period of four years. Mitchells was awarded the contract following a competitive open tender process undertaken by the…

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Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:00pm

Presentation : Social Media Best Practice Toolkit 2014

Last Wednesday 9 April 2014 I presented at the Australian Government Social Media Best Practice Toolkit 2014 forum organised by the ArkGroup.

My paper was titled The rise of citizen journalism - What it means for government and public service.

What I endeavoured to do in both my talk and the paper was pull together related observations and threads of argument. These included:

  • The importance of values.

  • The…
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Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:30pm

Tax Office to shed up to 25% of its workforce?

The Taxation Office, like the rest of the Australian Public Service, is under great strain. But let's remind ourselves that it is human beings who are being placed under great strain here. Not the grey faceless public service bureaucrats often portrayed in the media. A portrayal, by the way that is rarely challenged by public service leaders.

In difficult and changing times it is important to communicate with people about changes that…

Continue

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 8:13am

Understanding APS abuse of power - In seven minutes and 48 seconds

At the start of this campaign to expose the systemic abuse of power that is hard wired into the Australian Public Service I did promise myself that I would come up with something short for people to kick back and listen to.

 

The reason for doing so is simple. The Australian Public Service, like other institutions that allow abusive practices grow, do everything they can to stone wall and deny. At times, indeed, my colleagues and I shake our heads in wonder at how abuse of any…

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Posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Australian Public Service cult of leadership

An interesting account from Noel Towell on Don Russell's, former secretary of the Industry Department, talk at Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy in todays Canberra Times. Don Russell urges chiefs to flex muscles and 'save the APS'.…

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Posted on April 1, 2014 at 9:48am — 9 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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