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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
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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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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…"
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"Hi Convict Thanks.  I meant enterprise agreements."
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"I despise racial vilification in all its ugly guises. I have been the subject of racial slurs in my life and it is a disgusting indictment on Aus that ought to have no place in decent society. So, I don't condone anti-semitism in any way and I…"
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Further referring to Prof Freud's post: in my opinion, certain cronies, as you aptly term them have considered the ATO - and the public money under its budget and ComCover's - their personal fiefdom. The public ought to be outraged. If…"
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Convict commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Prof Freud: sorry, there are no 'individual workplace agreements' in the APS. It's enterprise bargaining via the unions which forms the enterprise agreement. Whether an APS employee is on contract or permanent, that agreement is…"
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"Another predictable AAT outcome. "Tribunal Senior Member Graham Kenny accepted the Taxation Office's account that its manager had every intention of following up the phone call with a face-to-face meeting, and found their conduct was…"
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steve davies commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"Hi Straz, No worries my friend. What the ATO and just about very other APS agency needs to realise is that their reputation does not trump truth and decency. Sadly, their behaviour and practices show that they will play  every dirty game in…"
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Straz commented on steve davies's blog post 'Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?'
"It is very reassuring that the ATO is remorseful and finds the material to be offensive. (Yeah, I'll take them at their word, for the sake of the argument.)  What is not reassuring is that this anti Semitism continues,…"
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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 officeFull report from Stephen Drill, Herald Sun.I have been informed this is not the first time this has happened at the Box Hill…See More
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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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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…

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Posted on September 16, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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 — 11 Comments

The politics of above politics

Yesterday Latika Bourke reported that Labor Senator Sue Lines accused the Prime Minister of using national security and the situation in Iraq to distract from its budget woes and improve his position in the polls. The response to Senator Lines was predictable with Government MP Alex…

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Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:30am

Australia's Bystander Democracy

On 7 August 2014 the Australian Human Rights Commission hosted the free speech 2014 symposium

The general focus of the event was,

Free speech is fundamental to a free and democratic society

But . . .  is…

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Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Tax Office bullying and mobbing knows no bounds

Over the past couple of months it has been my privilege to assist Mr Stephen Strelecky, a former ATO employee, and Rebekah Cavanagh, Herald Sun crime reporter, in capturing the story of Stephen’s abuse and mobbing at the hands of the ATO.

Stephen’s story is now available online at the…

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Posted on August 7, 2014 at 12:00pm — 19 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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