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Abby Martin, journalist, activist and artist completed three years of hosting RT America's Breaking the Set last month. Brilliant, passionate, professional and inspiring activist reporting that puts the mainstream media to shame.
Inspiring observations and messages from Abby. The takeaways for me?…
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Interesting questions asked of the Australian Public Service Commissioner at Senate Estimates by Senator Kate Lundy. You can go to the relevant section of the Hansard minutes here. You will have to scroll down a…Continue
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The Canberra Times reports that the Australian Capital Territory Government has decided to dump Comcare - ACT dumps Comcare. This has been brewing for some time.
Given that Comcare are associated with abuses of power perpetrated by the Australian Public Service this is a very positive development. It is also an opportunity for the ACT Government to…Continue
This Canberra Times article seems to have gone by virtually unremarked, with around only 50 comments.
What is nowadays being labelled as…Continue
The Australian Public Service misuses psychiatry to undermine employees who highlight problems or complain. The misuse of psychiatry by the public service to discredit employees, mask mobbing and cover up maladministration is not new.
How psychiatry is misused by the Australian Public Service was describe in my …Continue
ON 17 JUNE 2014, I SENT THE FOLLOWING LETTER ON BEHALF OF CHERYL PETERS TO SENATOR GEORGE BRANDIS QC:
(Formatting has been changed.)
Application to Attorney-General
Section 55ZG(2) of the Judiciary Act 1903
I am making…Continue
On 28 January 2015 ABC 7.30's Leigh Sales Interviewed Tony Fitzgerald QC. For those who may have been very young at the time Tony Fitzgerald headed the Commission of Inquiry into corruption in Queensland politics 25 years ago.
You can watch the interview on the ABC's web site. There is also a transcript of the interview. Here is the link …Continue
During 2013 and 2014 we saw the Australian Public Service retreating from open government at a spectacular rate. In particular, the public service put great effort into creating a climate of fear to ensure that public servants self-censor and that any discussion or disclosures concerning the health and actions of the public service were stifled.
The Australian Public Service Commission took the lead on this. They even threw up a wall of silence on the issue of the monitoring…Continue
Sadly, attempts are being made to taint the festive season with #AUSterity. Just take a look at the new government issued Christmas greeting.
Well. Stuff the beige brigade. I'll have none of this. So to all…Continue
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.
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…Continue
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 …Continue
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…Continue
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:
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…Continue
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,…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue