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Breaking news: Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) to be cut

I don't know what to make of this yet but it appears that the Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann is set to announce on Monday that 175 agencies will be "scrapped".

Of course, the LNP will publicise the savings, estimated to be $500 over 4 years (trivial). But what they won't tell you is the cost to society [people losing homes and unable to provide for their families] and the bottom line to taxpayers in Centrelink support.

And…

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Added by Convict on December 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 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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Added by steve davies on December 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Bullying at Work: Workplace Mobbing is on the Rise

Mobbing occurs when a bully enlists co-workers to collude in a relentless and escalating campaign of psychological terror against a target in order to harm them and expel them from the workplace. Mobbing takes away the victim's sense of safety in the world, also their dignity, identity and sense of belonging  …

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Added by Prof Freud on December 6, 2014 at 2:07am — 14 Comments

Sex Discrimination - Get it Here!

An employee who is undertaking restriction duty is on call at any time (night or day) to attend to issues or problems which may arise in a building occupied by the ATO.  The restriction duty roster was usually referred to as the “on-call roster”.

Cheryl Peters first became aware of the existence of the on-call roster In October 2008 when there was an emergency due to the fact that there was no-one available to undertake restriction duty. Upon…

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Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on November 24, 2014 at 9:40am — 12 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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Added by steve davies on November 24, 2014 at 9:05am — 3 Comments

If failure to answer an AAT summons a breach of the Code of Conduct?

Thank you, Prof Freud and Convict, for your comments on my previous post. You will not be surprised, I think,  at the further matters I have to report in this post.

Cheryl was absent from work for a short time following a team meeting chaired by her manager. At the meeting Cheryl raised the fact that a male team member had, without her knowledge or consent, videoed her and another female employee in the workplace. The…

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Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on November 21, 2014 at 5:10pm — 7 Comments

Anthony Mason on courts protecting individuals from government, and why Australia is screwed

In 1995, retiring High Court Chief Justice Justice Anthony Mason said:



"Judges best guardians of Rights: Mason," Susan Horsburgh, 1995,



Judges were better protectors of individual rights than politicians, the retiring High Court Chief Justice,…

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Added by Brendan Jones on November 20, 2014 at 10:30am — 7 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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Added by steve davies on November 19, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

AAT Update - Re Cheryl Peters and Comcare

 Cheryl lodged her application to the AAT in June 2014. Two preliminary conferences have been held but we still seem to be a very long way from getting a hearing date. 

Unsurprisingly, Comcare has summonsed all the medical records relating to Cheryl's injury, which Cheryl has submitted is an aggravation of the injury she suffered in…

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Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on November 19, 2014 at 8:23am — 3 Comments

Age discrimination in the workplace

Hello

Could someone please air brush my photo on Ozloop? If it's good enough for Julia Bishop, it's good enough for me!!

Yeah, in your dreams Julie we both looked like that thirty year ago. I find her 'Bizarre Woman of the Year' photo shoot a complete insult to older Australian women in the workforce, particularly those who have been subjected to age discrimination and forced out of the workplace.

Do you have to be airbrushed…

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Added by Cheryl Peters on November 11, 2014 at 7:06pm — 15 Comments

Initiating important and beneficial change seems often to be the province of the brave.

The story of William Tynsdale  "The Most Dangerous Man In Tudor England" who dedicated and ultimately gave his life to achieve his goal of making the Bible accessible in English.  The documentary is available as an intriguing Compass series in 2 parts:

http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/compass/RN1311H034S00

Part 2 has just been broadcast and appears not yet available.

Would I be as brave?…

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Added by Prof Freud on November 9, 2014 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Australian Public Service Social Media Revolution

There is nothing like a protracted DIY and Bunnings project to get you focused on practicalities. This one dragged me away from Ozloop for a while. But, hey, nothing like a  bit of distance to restore perspective.

The Australian Public Service has embraced social media, there is no censorship and intimidation of pubic servants, open data shows how open the pubic service really is and pigs fly.

That's right folks. Throw in some open data and a plethora of Twitter…

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Added by steve davies on November 4, 2014 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

Well, well, well what have we got here?

Following on from Prof Freud's revelation that the Commissioner of Taxation has relocated his office from Canberra (where it has been since the ATO's inception?). Shuffled under the carpet is the news that in order to accommodate the Commissioner and his loyal staff, many other workers were displaced and dispatched to the Parramatta office PRONTO, resulting in, you guessed it - legal action! …

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Added by Convict on November 2, 2014 at 3:40pm — 7 Comments

Legal Services Directions 2005

Well, well, well ... while we weren't looking, it seems that the former ALP Federal AG, Mark Dreyfus, made changes to the way alleged breaches to the Legal Services Directions 2005 (Directions), conferred under s 55ZF of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) (Judiciary Act) are monitored and assessed. Of course, such changes were made to benefit the Commonwealth and not the ordinary, struggling litigant up against the might of…

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Added by Convict on October 18, 2014 at 9:31pm — 10 Comments

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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Added by steve davies on October 15, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

How Defamation muzzles Government critics (and why your Power Bill is so high...)

An example of how defamation muzzles government critics, though this story has a happy ending thanks to Fairfax Buisiness Journalist Michael West.



It regards farmer Bruce Robertson who blew the whistle on corruption in the power industry. At that, the *government owned* power industry:



"Governments should not sue their citizens for exercising their right to an opinion and Grid Australia is a…

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Added by Brendan Jones on October 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

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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Added by steve davies on October 9, 2014 at 10:10am — No Comments

What hope for accountability?

Really concerned...

Seems like the terrorists have taken square aim at our democracy and appear to be winning.

I absolutely believe that new anti-terror laws have political ends and are not in our interests.  And I don't believe any benefits from them outweigh the risks from them.

Accountability is a cornerstone of democracy and removing accountability for spy agencies, which are supposed to serve the community as a whole, is not a reason why we elect any…

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Added by Prof Freud on October 7, 2014 at 12:55am — 6 Comments

Musing on the future

The unwillingness to let people speak derives from fear of what they might say. And limits the spread on information. Secrecy removes the need for accountability. Many public servants have found themselves in a moral double-bind upon receiving a direction to act in a way that is inconsistent with the law and/or the public interest. Some have been punished for speaking out.…

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Added by Cassandra March on October 5, 2014 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Christopher Pyne channels Barry Jones

Loved the scientists on last week's Q&A - great to hear intelligent factual discussion.  The young female scientist who won Young Australian of the Year is inspirational and is ahead of her years.

This week was pleasantly surprised that Christopher Pyne said something which I thought was very interesting:

I think  (Laura Tingle) made a lot of very good points about the press gallery and I think... there are very, very few…

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Added by Prof Freud on October 3, 2014 at 12:59am — 7 Comments

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