Express Exchange Engage
Recently, a number of people contacted me concerning the activities of Sparke Helmore. It seems that they have taken an interest in this site. Good. Maybe Sparke Helmore can join in the discussions and be constructive rather than just snooping around.
Which sparked a thought. Given the antics of the Australian Public Service why not take a look at these legal firms.
The Australian Public…Continue
22 November 2013
We obtained information indicating that public service agencies are purchasing software and services to monitor social media activity. What is being said and who is saying it.
Australia: One nation under surveillance raises reasonable suspicions that Australian…Continue
Added by steve davies on February 6, 2014 at 11:14am — No Comments
Given all the redundancies that are happening, or about to happen, potentially affected employees need to know their rights.
Present and former ATO employees may be disappointed to learn that they are, as far as I am aware, the only APS employees who may be required to pay tax on their redundancy payments.
ATO employees who receive a voluntary redundancy on the basis that their “services can no longer be effectively utilised”, are treated for tax purposes as having received an…Continue
I have been ruminating (as I occasionally do) about the Federal Court. There are things that puzzle me about some decisions. Today I am thinking of one in particular.
In writing this, I bear in mind that Justice Rares said in his speech…Continue
Shock and awe
We could be forgiven for thinking that the latest round of media announcements telling public servants to shut up online was an orchestrated shock and awe strategy. One designed scare public servants off and create massive amounts of self-censorship.
OZloop has always taken a politically neutral stance. That is to say our criticisms of the Australian Public Service have not been shaped by the beliefs of any one political party.
Recent actions of the public service along with the recent media release by the current Public Service Minister and articles published in the Canberra Times are so severe in the implications that they have for open government, public interest discussions and, indeed, freedom of speech that…Continue
Back in April last year APS Dignity announced that I was taking over APSbullying.com (a website written by JA James to support public servants experiencing workplace bullying and harassment based on her research whilst undertaking a Master of Public Policy at the Australian…Continue
Australia Day is just around the corner. 19 days to go and counting. Community celebrations will abound and, of course, the announcement of honours and awards to those people who have gone the extra mile to do good.
With that in mind it is worth asking ourselves whether the…Continue
I note Kalisvati Jule has commented about the attention being paid to gipsy rose's case.
The proposal that GR should just move on does sound easy. If only it were.
GR is still employed by ATO. She has not been paid for two years. The area where she worked no longer exists. Her teammates received redundancies or obtained positions in other areas of the ATO.
Her employer continues to refuse to provide a return to work program despite agreement between her own specialist…Continue
In June 2013, the Productivity Commission was commissioned to conduct a public inquiry into Access to Justice Arrangements. This inquiry has been asked to examine the critical issue of ‘Australia’s system of civil dispute resolution, with a focus on constraining costs and promoting access to justice and equality before the law’. For those interested in more detail, the terms of reference are…Continue
I was thinking about how expensive it is for the Abbott government to pay for all those redundancies in order to achieve the staff cuts it wants to achieve.
I think I can help. So Senator Abetz and Public Service Commissioner Sedgwick, please think about the following proposal.
Form a specialist team and have them make a list of all the public service employees (at any level) who have been identified as bullies in grievances or complaints over a given period (depending…Continue
Peter Hanks QC reviewed the Safety Rehabilitation & Compensation Act (1988) in February 2013, and recommended repealing S36 appointments. DEEWR have not yet released the new revised version.
This repeal - if it goes through - will be one less way for psychopaths to bully, harass and shame staff.
Yet, S36 appointment may be used in the Fair Work Commission on 1 Jan 2014, as an instance of bullying used against staff.
I wonder if new reviewed version of the Act will be…Continue
Typically, many public servants start taking leave for the festive season at the end of the second week of December. It must, therefore, really impress them to view a school masterly lecture on underperformance in the Canberra Times - …Continue
I was so looking forward to winding down in the lead up to the festive season. It doesn't look like this is going to happen.
The Canberra Times reports that the Australian Taxation Office needs major overhaul to avoid slipping backwards, review warns. True, but it makes…Continue
Last month I wrote an extensive piece entitled Australia: One nation under surveillance. In this post I outlined the role of Australia Public Service agencies in monitoring and surveillance. Logical argument was put and evidence provided.
On 26 November 2013 I lodged a Freedom of information request with the Australian Public Service Commission. In that request I pointed…Continue
Added by Brendan Jones on November 27, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Once upon a time, not so long ago,each APS Agency administered its own particular legislation. Each Agency knew the principles which Parliament had espoused in making that legislation. Each knew the reasons why the legislation had been amended from time to time.
Each time the legislation was challenged in court, the particular Agency looked at the case in the broader context of what outcome would serve the ultimate purpose of the Parliament (ie the people), rather than…
Covert surveillance can uncover many things. Perhaps mistakes a person has made in their youth. Perhaps the unwholesome appetites of persons who appear to be pillars of our community. Perhaps activities that are perfectly legal but would be frowned on by one's family or friends.
If surveillance uncovers such a thing, what power is given to the person or organisation that now has the secret in its possession? If the person whose secret has been stolen is a religious leader, a judge,…Continue
Added by Leroy on November 25, 2013 at 2:27pm — No Comments
What we are seeing in Australia today is a veil of censorship, secrecy and the surveillance being drawn across government and Australian Public Service agencies. When it comes to monitoring by public service agencies there is a dangerous lack of transparency and accountability.
All of this is a threat our freedoms, our right to know, better government and better…Continue
Wikileaks has done the world an enormous favour by leaking intellectual property rights charter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Intellectual property rights might seem abstract for many of us. However, just consider for a moment that it is the free flow of information - of what we know, what we create, what we dream up - that makes us who we are. It is what shapes the sort of society we live in and, in a very practical…Continue