Express Exchange Engage
Yesterday Latika Bourke reported that Labor Senator Sue Lines accused the Prime Minister of using national security and the situation in Iraq to distract from its budget woes and improve his position in the polls. The response to Senator Lines was predictable with Government MP Alex…Continue
Added by steve davies on August 29, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
On 7 August 2014 the Australian Human Rights Commission hosted the free speech 2014 symposium
The general focus of the event was,
Free speech is fundamental to a free and democratic society
But . . . is…
Over the past couple of months it has been my privilege to assist Mr Stephen Strelecky, a former ATO employee, and Rebekah Cavanagh, Herald Sun crime reporter, in capturing the story of Stephen’s abuse and mobbing at the hands of the ATO.
Stephen’s story is now available online at the…Continue
Tomorrow the Australian Human Rights Commission will be hosting a one day symposium on free speech. This event will be live streamed. I have been informed that the live streaming details will be available soon. If you intend to participate online please check here for the live streaming details.
When tweeting please make sure you use the hashtag #freespeech2014
It's a bit of a worry…Continue
Recent experiences seem to me to support the conclusion that it is pointless to conduct litigation against the Commonwealth in an honorable manner.
I have been considering the Model Litigant Obligation, particularly where the Commonwealth, or one of its Agencies, has achieved their court win by failing to honour the Commonwealth's obligation to act fairly. Even though that obligation exists independently of the Legal Services Directions.
To rub salt into very raw wounds, the…Continue
Traditionally, responsibility for decision-making in the public service was distributed by delegation. For example, I was once employed in a role in a State government department. I held a formal delegation under the relevant Act (administered by the Department) which stated what powers I could exercise and the maximum amount of expenditure I could authorise.
It worked extremely well. I knew precisely what my…Continue
This voluminous Guardian article is especially for Steve. I haven't read the whole thing, but I have been necessarily concerned about the infiltration of our online data by government for some time.
Take for example that from this financial year, anyone wanting to use the ATO's e-tax is forced to register for a "MyGov" account, which is the parent account to link other government accounts (Centrelink, Medicare, CSA, ATO). This is new for 2014. Why should anyone have to link to an ATO…Continue
Added by Convict on July 26, 2014 at 9:35pm — No Comments
Thought this was worth posting.
My take on this:
A very good piece in yesterdays Canberra Times by Noel Towell - Tax Office sued for $6m after allegedly ruining a man's life
"The Sydney man says he lost his business, his home, his marriage and his health trying to fight the legal might of the Tax Office after a botched tax bill based on ''incorrect methodologies''…
I did a quick scan to find out which political parties care about the rule of law. How many are actually aligned with what they say they stand for?
Liberal Party of Australia https://www.liberal.org.au/
The Federal Constitution says:
I've just finished reaching out to federal politicians via Twitter. I used this list.
Feel free to make initial contact with me by via…Continue
Hello fellow crusaders,
Well, it seems that Comcare is indeed incapable of accepting the "umpire's" decision, filing an utterly frivolous interlocutory application to deny the successful APS employee her right to compensation.
The application was dismissed with costs, but any legal practitioner will tell you that such an application under the circumstances is outrageous, bordering on abuse of process (but not quite,…Continue
Summary and Opinion
Under the heading “Summary and opinion” hired gun psychiatrists feel free to express unsupported opinions in order to ingratiate themselves with their client who is paying them $3000.00, even if this means harming and disadvantaging an employee by removing them without adequate justification such as "medical certainty" from their employment so that the employee's…Continue
Recent Fair Work Commission case McAuliffe v Australian Taxation Office highlights problems caused by sick systems and culture within ATO's Health and People Management.
Note: In saying this I am not criticising any particular individual.
From my own experience, the Misuse of PS Act Reg 3.2 to coerce me to attend psychiatric assessments with "hired guns", has, in effect, disempowered me and sent me on a rollercoaster ride of hyper vigilance,…Continue
Earlier in the year (February, I believe), James Ashby won the right to have his case against Peter Slipper heard on its merits [after settling with the Commonwealth itself as a separate respondent in 2012]. Just to recap: the case was sensationally summarily dismissed by Rares J in December 2012 in a blaze of publicity. This judgment was overturned on appeal by Ashby in the Full Bench of the Federal Court.
So Mr Ashby continued his litigation against Slipper back in the…Continue
This research by the Canadian University is useful as it provides evidence that Ostracism in the workplace can cause individuals significant harm.
The premise that Ostracism is something separate from workplace bullying is indicative that there is much misunderstanding in…Continue
Added by Prof Freud on June 6, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
Jean-Marcel Eliezer Malliaté "Sticks and Stones will break my bones. NAMES will crush my heart" J-MM 2014
During my past employment and several meetings with key personnel of the many private and government organisations, I have been informed of the ongoing need for effective training for all staff about identifying and…Continue
Added by Jean-Marcel Malliaté MDR on June 2, 2014 at 5:51pm — No Comments
Further to my previous blog.
After six months of Investigation Forced Sectin 56 Psych Referral etc. and Reviews, matter finalised as No Further Action.
After I disproved a workplace bully and "management tool" alleging false allegations.
On receipt of the NFA outcome was basically assaulted (Minor) Matter reported and
Management informed. No Action taken apart from advice. No suspension no action
Management had a…Continue
Bill Heffernan - Senator
Senator Bill Heffernan's theatrical use of a 'fake pipe bomb' to highlight his concerns about changed security arrangements in Parliament House certainly caught the…Continue