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Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Free Speech 2014 - Let's take it and shape it!'
"Free Speech, Yay.  (Just don't mention non disparagement and non disclosure clauses sanctioned by the AHRC.)  "
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Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Your ATO - Win at all costs. Reputation at all costs.'
"Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Steve.  Perhaps I'm too jaded, but sadly it is no surprise."
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Your ATO - Win at all costs. Reputation at all costs.'
"That's good Steve, I know you will make an impact. Unfortunately, politicians have more control over our lives and they enact the laws. That is the problem ... "
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steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Your ATO - Win at all costs. Reputation at all costs.'
"Thanks Convict. I don't see it as hopeless. The community has a right to decency in public administration and it is not the job of the ATO or APS to cause harm. It is unsustainable to have agencies gaming and flaunting the Code of Conduct, the…"
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Your ATO - Win at all costs. Reputation at all costs.'
"Great blog, Steve.  Unfortunately for Gary Kurzer, the Public Service Act and Code of Conduct are considered irrelevant by the ATO with respect to management and for employees, so it's hopeless. It's as useless as the Legal Services…"
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Your ATO - Win at all costs. Reputation at all costs.

A very good piece in yesterdays Canberra Times by Noel Towell - Tax Office sued for $6m after allegedly ruining a man's life"The Sydney man says he lost his business, his home, his marriage and his health trying to fight the legal might of the Tax Office after a botched tax bill based on ''incorrect methodologies'' sparked a eight-year legal dispute.…See More
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"To add: my motivation to come to this forum is not self-interest, though I do benefit greatly from it and the knowledge of the incredibly intelligent posters. I am sincerely thankful for that."
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"Brendan: do not call me a troll, please. I am not. I only come here to add to debate and assist others who have been abused by the Commonwealth, in litigation or not, something I know a thing or two about. Maybe you need to look at the definition…"
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Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
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Brendan Jones commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"I'll just leave this here:"Battered Plaintiffs - injuries from hired guns and compliant courts," Jean Lennane. https://www.uow.edu.au/~bmartin/dissent/documents/Lennane_battered....@convict>; Feel like I'm being mobbed here ...…"
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Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Free Speech 2014 - Let's take it and shape it!'
"For what I meant by "enforced silence" in my previous post, look no further than Nick Xenophon's recent motion in the senate about the alleged attempt to discipline a witness to the already discredited Pel-Air investigation in 2009.…"
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Ron West commented on steve davies's blog post 'Free Speech 2014 - Let's take it and shape it!'
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Free Speech 2014 - Let's take it and shape it!

Yesterday my trusty computer let me know about an event being organised by the Australian Human Rights Commission. A one day symposium being held on 7 August 2014 - Free Speech 2014.This is very timely though it's what comes out of the day and…See More
Jul 11
Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"Dr Who: I think I know who you are. Whatever. Feel like I'm being mobbed here ... oh the irony."
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Prof Freud commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"Steve impossible to comment as I mostly concur with what you are saying "
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"Prof Freud: in my case, upper management certainly did know, but I can appreciate that is not always the case. It's important for vicarious liability, lest the actions of the bullies be termed "a frolic of their own" [a High Court…"
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Dr Who will they send me to next commented on steve davies's blog post 'Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale'
"I am with Brendan >@Convict, you're twisting my words, again. I'm not going to respond. Let's leave it at that."
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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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Your ATO - Win at all costs. Reputation at all costs.

A very good piece in yesterdays Canberra Times by Noel Towell - Tax Office sued for $6m after allegedly ruining a man's life

"The Sydney man says he lost his business, his home, his marriage and his health trying to fight the legal might of the Tax Office after a botched tax bill based on ''incorrect methodologies''…

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Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Free Speech 2014 - Let's take it and shape it!

Yesterday my trusty computer let me know about an event being organised by the Australian Human Rights Commission. A one day symposium being held on 7 August 2014 - Free Speech 2014.

This…

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Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:28pm — 4 Comments

Australian Public Service - Mobbing on an industrial scale

I've just finished reaching out to federal politicians via Twitter. I used this list.

Feel free to make initial contact with me by via…

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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 1:00pm — 66 Comments

Pipe bombs and psychiatric assessments - Fakery and double standards

Bill Heffernan - Senator

Senator Bill Heffernan's theatrical use of a 'fake pipe bomb' to highlight his concerns about changed security arrangements in Parliament House certainly caught the…

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Posted on May 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Freedom Commissioner should actively support social media freedoms

Interesting post on the Guardian's Australia Culture Blog by Tim Wilson - popularly known as the Freedom Commissioner - Twitter trolls have a right to offend – but we don't have to listen.

Wilson concludes by saying,

 . . . we regulate speech outside laws. We self-regulate. Social norms…

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Posted on May 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — 8 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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