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Australia's silent state - Government betrays democracy

The silence

Successive Australian Governments and the Australian Public Service are used to dominating political decision making and discussion. Government speaks, mainstream media reports and from time to time there are rumblings from the community. In the main Australia has been a fairly silent state.

The polical culture that has evolved is very much one of 'being in charge' and exercising power. That culture has not changed…


Added by steve davies on February 5, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Bad Behaviour in the Public Service

Back in 2011, when I was still in my naïve 20s, I took up a fight that turned out – most would say inevitably so – to be a losing battle. That battle was essentially to save “normal” and hold “bad” accountable.


That battle started with me uncovering, during research for my Master of Public Policy at the Australian National University, a pernicious practice in the Australian Public Service (APS) of forcing internal whistleblowers to undergo psychiatric assessments in…


Added by Jaq James on January 31, 2016 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Rest, re-energise, renew

Behind the scenes it's been a busy but professionally rewarding few months for me. Assisting some brave, clever and community minded people on issues concerning abuses of power by the Australian Public Service.

Then there's the apparent selective blindness of…


Added by steve davies on December 24, 2015 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Military Malaria Vaccinations

It would seem that the Military Rehab and Compensation Commission on delegation from Comcare have made moves to block payment on all vaccination related issues via a High Court Appeal.

Make your own mind up, the key links to consider follow:

The Canberra Times describes the vaccination issues that have been covered up here:…


Added by Frontier Psychiatrist on December 23, 2015 at 8:03am — No Comments

Comcare's Zombie Apocalypse Part I - Illusion

Like some fallout from the Twighlight Zone Comcare keeps attracting the sort of headlines and stories they want us to believe. But don't worry - The truth is out there.…


Added by steve davies on November 6, 2015 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Former police officer Lucie Litchfield speaks out about alleged workplace bullying after blowing the whistle over 'dinosaur incident'

It would seem every officer at the Queanbeyan High Command preferred to support distinguished officers  Patrick Hicks and Todd Finnegan rather than Lucie.

Gives you a fair idea of the over riding culture, and where you stand if you don't happen to have a witness like…


Added by Frontier Psychiatrist on November 3, 2015 at 7:31pm — 1 Comment

Spare a thought for these victims.

SMH article on USA police abuse of power

Oral sex, rape, pornography: 1000 US police lose their badges

Added by Frontier Psychiatrist on November 3, 2015 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Amy Shaw and the seven shrinks

Another familiar story.

lifted from:   Illawarra Mercury

Former police officer issues public plea for help


Added by Frontier Psychiatrist on October 28, 2015 at 4:20pm — 2 Comments

Aged care - Are you next?

Yesterday I was contacted by Lynda Saltarelli founder of Aged Care Crisis.

Barely a day goes by that we don’t hear another shameful story of sub-standard care to our elderly citizens in hospital and nursing home care.

Whilst our politicians and bureaucrats argue, pass the buck, or indulge in…


Added by steve davies on August 25, 2015 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

ATO gags truth telling

Since my post of 9 August 2015 Invitation - Dreyfus Award Presentation - Stephen Strelecky has received the Dreyfus Award and given his speech.

On 12 August 2015 Herald Sun published an informative piece by Rebekah Cavanagh under the headline…


Added by steve davies on August 17, 2015 at 12:30pm — 26 Comments

Petition: Membership of MP entitlement review panel

As we all know community outrage over the use of entitlements by members of parliament has reached boiling point and is continuing. Rightly so.

Craig Thomler has examined the issue and expresses interesting views in his post …


Added by steve davies on August 10, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Invitation - Dreyfus Award Presentation

This coming Tuesday, 11 August 2015, Stephen Strelecky will be receiving a Dreyfus Award from Australians United for Israel.

You may recall that Mr Strelecky received an apology from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for the anti-semitic taunts he had been subjected to when working for the ATO. However, as pointed out in the Herald Sun,…


Added by steve davies on August 9, 2015 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

NZ "60 minutes" hired guns lurking in NZ universal comp system

Liar liar pants on fire!!! If you have suffered at the hands of hired guns you will most likely be saying "Liar" more than once.

There is so much meat in this short series of…


Added by Prof Freud on August 8, 2015 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

The Lords of Secrecy and Australia's Surveillance State

I recently purchased Scott Horton's book Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare. The book shows how the growth in the power of bureaucrats has undermines democracy. The major tactic being the misuse of secrecy and the amplification of fear through the exaggeration of threat.

These tactics have been employed by most democratic governments and are a threat to both democracy and good governance. Australia is no exception to this and most…


Added by steve davies on July 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Bad Behaviour in the Public Service: A guide

As Ozloop members would know, for some time I have been custodian of

We have decide to archive the content of the web site. The site will no longer be maintained as it was time do to something different. focused on bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination in the Australian Public Service.

However, the reality is that the bad…


Added by steve davies on July 14, 2015 at 3:57pm — 2 Comments

Innovation Month 2015 - Is it Australian Public Service spin?

You may not know it, but it is Innovation Month.

Innovation Month 2015 is the flagship initiative lead by the Department of Industry to achieve the objectives of the APS Innovation Action Plan “the APS and its agencies will institute mechanisms to recognise, celebrate and share innovation efforts. This will be done by … agencies holding innovation themed events to discuss, share and celebrate public sector innovation within their agencies.” The plan is supported by the…


Added by steve davies on July 8, 2015 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Response from Prime Minister Tony Abbott

On 28 May 2015 I sent an email concerning my paper The Australian Government - Can we afford it to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Opposition leader Bill Shorten and a range of other politicians. The email Better Government - Renewing the social contract was positive and to the…


Added by steve davies on June 26, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments


The Australian Public Service's obsession with reputation and winning at all costs is well known. That obsession is also a source of abuses of administrative, legal and medico-legal power.

So it was with some interest I have been reading the Australian Public Service Commission's latest missive, Handling misconduct: a human…


Added by steve davies on June 15, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

ATO's cruelty towards older workers

Someone I never met in person but had spoken to several times on the phone died recently.

This person had, as an older worker, been subjected to the misuse of performance management system by ATO mismanagement.  He had been under the impression that he was being mentored to step up to the next level due to the so called mentoring occurring immediately after a stint acting for several months in a position at a higher level.  As someone had been on leave, he had been called…


Added by Prof Freud on May 28, 2015 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

The journey begins. The Australian Government - Can we afford it?

This week I started distributing a paper I've been working for just over a month. I settled on the title The Australian Government - Can we afford it. In this post I outline why I decided to take this on, what I intend to do next and provide some additional information. I also debunk some of the possible and likely reactions from some politicians and senior officials.

At more than 20 pages my paper is a bit of a read. Given my intent to provide a cohesive narrative, that was…


Added by steve davies on May 21, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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