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gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
"We do need a Federal ICAC. The IGT says we need a Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. The IGT was told that in 2015 he "could" investigate individual cases. But then, so too can the Ombudsman. Just as there are CDDA rules, the Legal Services…"
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steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
"@convict Yes. The great flaw is the model litigant rules is the failure to set budget limits to force compliance. Bill of Rights is needed and, at the moment, it is all too easy for individual agencies to conflate themselves with the Commonwealth…"
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
"Great news Gary. You're a force to be reckoned with and I hope you prevail. @ Andrew: the AGS is playing its 'dissolution' down, asserting on its website that "it's business as usual", that the AGS will be subsumed in…"
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gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
"I think that some of the homework that myself and my colleagues have been doing might have the potential to break through. We have learned quite a bit about what not to do, and we have taken the lead from Academic commentary and legal precedents. I…"
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Andrew Hooley commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
"It will be interesting to see how the dissolution of the Australian Government Solicitor's office will figure in this matter."
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
"Overcoming the twin evils is a monster of mammoth proportions. I'm in litigation, so my time is limited at the moment. Obviously, the 2nd one is easier than the 1st. But I intend to brainstorm before I leave this mortal coil ... I'm…"
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gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
"Absolutely!  So .... how do we do this ...?"
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
"Great article, Steve. The way I see it there are 2 problems: 1. No Bill of Rights to challenge our laws: this has meant that the parliament is effectively out of control in snuffing out our common law and even Constitutional rights. The Constitution…"
Wednesday
gary kurzer commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
"We do live in interesting times. The old nexus between "Private" and "Public" in terms of Who Should Run Stuff will always revert to the quality of the people, and to an extent, the charter(s) they follow. In terms of the ATO,…"
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Andrew Hooley commented on steve davies's blog post 'Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government'
""The current culture is very much one where politicians and senior public officials behave as if they own government." Privatisation effectively means they WILL own it.  is a truly horrific thought.  Imagine someone having the…"
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Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government

During 2013 and 2014 we saw the Australian Public Service retreating from open government at a spectacular rate. In particular, the public service put great effort into creating a climate of fear to ensure that public servants self-censor and that any discussion or disclosures concerning the health and actions of the public service were stifled.The Australian Public Service Commission took the lead on this. They even threw up a wall of silence on the issue of the monitoring of social media by…See More
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"As of today am getting back into Ozloop. 2015 is going to be interesting."
Jan 12
Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'Ozloop 2014 End of year review'
"Congratulations and thanks Steve for your drive, enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to the greater good. Here's to that watershed year 2015 and may this be an enjoyable Christmas for all ozloopers! Pope Francis has already kicked a…"
Dec 23, 2014
Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Ozloop 2014 End of year review'
"You've finished the year on a high, Steve.  I don't dare hope that you are correct about 2015 being a watershed year, because I am quite jaded by the near impossibility of achieving decency, fairness, reason and accountability. …"
Dec 23, 2014
Arey Aich commented on steve davies's blog post 'Ozloop 2014 End of year review'
"Great post as always. Would love to see you stand for the senate Steve... Here's to a different new year!  "
Dec 23, 2014
Andrew Hooley commented on steve davies's blog post 'Ozloop 2014 End of year review'
"Another thought... What are the penalties for the head of a department who refuses to comply with a lawful direction of the Information Commissioner?  Possibly none as the depart seems to fear no reprisals for their refusal to hand over the…"
Dec 23, 2014
Andrew Hooley commented on steve davies's blog post 'Ozloop 2014 End of year review'
"Have a great Christmas and new year steve. I think there is definitely more scope for revealing the massive legal expenses of federal agencies in the media.  Comcare is definitely up there amongst the top litigators but no doubt does not even…"
Dec 23, 2014
Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Ozloop 2014 End of year review'
"Steve, that counts as one of your best blogs ever, IMO. Take a bow yourself for a splendid, accurate, powerful summary. :) Thank you for all your unfailing support, not just to myself but to all of us as part of our Ozloop "family" and to…"
Dec 23, 2014
steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Ozloop 2014 End of year review'
"Thanks Ron. I very much appreciate that. You have a great Xmas and New Year."
Dec 23, 2014

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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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Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government

During 2013 and 2014 we saw the Australian Public Service retreating from open government at a spectacular rate. In particular, the public service put great effort into creating a climate of fear to ensure that public servants self-censor and that any discussion or disclosures concerning the health and actions of the public service were stifled.

The Australian Public Service Commission took the lead on this. They even threw up a wall of silence on the issue of the monitoring…

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Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:30am — 10 Comments

Ozloop 2014 End of year review

Sadly, attempts are being made to taint the festive season with #AUSterity. Just take a look at the new government issued Christmas greeting.

Well. Stuff the beige brigade. I'll have none of this. So to all…

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Posted on December 23, 2014 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

When government goes rogue

When I talk about our federal government I am referring to both elected officials (parliamentarians) and the Australian Public Service. 

The cornerstone of good government and good public service is, when it comes down to it, decency. In practical terms the public rightly expects…

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Posted on December 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

It would be wonderful if . . .

Here we are with an Australian Public Service characterised by abuses of power underpinned by corrupt and corrupting practices. And what are we seeing as we hurtle towards 2015? More of the same.

The response to cut backs in the public service is:

  • More management. Especially, performance management.

  • More leadership. Not to mention endless leadership and management training.

  • More red tape in the form…
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Posted on November 24, 2014 at 9:05am — 3 Comments

Canberra Times smear job?

Yesterday my email erupted over a Canberra Times piece Don't laugh Australia, you're paying for it. It was written by the columnist Sam de Brito. To get a broader…

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Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 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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