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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…Continue
Added by steve davies on February 5, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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:…Continue
Added by Frontier Psychiatrist on December 23, 2015 at 8:03am — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…Continue
SMH article on USA police abuse of power
Added by Frontier Psychiatrist on November 3, 2015 at 7:15pm — No Comments
Another familiar story.
lifted from: Illawarra Mercury
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…
On 12 August 2015 Herald Sun published an informative piece by Rebekah Cavanagh under the headline…Continue
Craig Thomler has examined the issue and expresses interesting views in his post …Continue
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,…
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by steve davies on July 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
As Ozloop members would know, for some time I have been custodian of apsbullying.com
We have decide to archive the content of the apsbullying.com web site. The site will no longer be maintained as it was time do to something different.
apsbullying.com focused on bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination in the Australian Public Service.
However, the reality is that the bad…Continue
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by steve davies on June 15, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue