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Spotlight on Reinventing the ATO

A disappointing headline on todays Canberra Times website.

Crackdown on rich baby boomers

ATO targets rich Australians who are using a trick involving children to get around paying tax

It is well known and documented that the baby boomers had it easier…

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Added by steve davies on April 16, 2015 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

Demand decency in government - End the political duopoly

The Guardian's @vanbdham reports that Malcolm Fraser's Renew Australia party is a lament for the country we should have had

It's an informative and positive piece. Except for the sentiment that,…

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Added by steve davies on March 31, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mobbing

This is from

http://www.bullyonline.org/workbully/mobbing.htm

There are no references to academic studies, however this hits the nail on the head in my opinion and experience. The one thing that I'm not entirely comfortable about is the label "psychopath".  I would prefer the actions and behaviours speak for themselves.

What is mobbing?

The word bullying is used to…

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Added by Prof Freud on March 27, 2015 at 5:34pm — 23 Comments

Reinventing the ATO - Fact or fiction

Something does not add up. On the one hand the Australian Taxation Office is expending effort telling the community it is reinventing itself. On the other I am still being told, through very reliable sources, that the culture is still very much one permeated by fear, risk aversion and group think.

That does not surprise me one bit. Neither does the volume and nature of what looks like a rebadged version of the 'old' corporate spin. You only have to look at the bright and shiny…

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Added by steve davies on March 25, 2015 at 11:30am — 16 Comments

Dear Comcare

Gosh, Comcare, you are not very popular with your clients, are you? The agencies that you insure seem to be very resentful about the ever-rising cost of their premiums.

Do you actually know anything about the nature of insurance?

I have my doubts, because no insurer who wants to remain in…

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Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on March 17, 2015 at 9:21am — 5 Comments

Roundtable on Citizenship and the Constitution

Get involved!

The Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee is hosting its third Constitutional Roundtable on 20 March 2015.

The topic for the Roundtable is Citizenship and the Constitution, and will comprise three sessions:

  • 9.15am Session One: High Court decisions and their impact on the understanding of…
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Added by steve davies on March 16, 2015 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

WHAT IF?

I have been aware for some time that there are those in the public service sector and the federal courts and tribunals who are actively seeking to discredit me.

In relation to the public service sector, this does not surprise me. However, if I am right in relation to the courts and tribunals, it is a matter of great consternation. The review of administrative decisions is to be determined by reference to the facts and…

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Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on March 12, 2015 at 7:48am — 11 Comments

Australian public opens up government

Australians troll ministers with iMessage texts over data retention

The Guardian

Aussies Are…

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Added by steve davies on March 3, 2015 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Abby Martin - Farewell Breaking the Set. Hello to . . .

I'm not into Kings, Queens, Heroes or Heroins, but I am into inspiring, passionate and socially ethical work.

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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Added by steve davies on March 2, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

Q&A session with APS Commissioner John Lloyd

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…

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Added by steve davies on February 27, 2015 at 9:53am — No Comments

ACT to lead the way without Comcare?

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…

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Added by steve davies on February 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

"Unfair, inconsistent, useless" APS performance management

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/australian-public-service-performance-management-unfair-inconsistent-useless-20150222-137nm8.html

This Canberra Times article seems to have gone by virtually unremarked, with around only 50 comments.

What is nowadays being labelled as…

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Added by Prof Freud on February 24, 2015 at 10:39pm — 4 Comments

Public service creates adjustment disorders

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 …

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Added by steve davies on February 17, 2015 at 10:30am — 44 Comments

LSD - Application to Attorney-General

 

 

ON 17 JUNE 2014, I SENT THE FOLLOWING LETTER ON BEHALF OF CHERYL PETERS TO SENATOR GEORGE BRANDIS QC:

 (Formatting has been changed.)

 

Dear Attorney-General

 

Application to Attorney-General

Section 55ZG(2) of the Judiciary Act 1903



 

I am making…

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Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on February 12, 2015 at 5:16pm — 9 Comments

CSIRO and the abuse of power

Canberra Times 10 February 2015 -  CSIRO technician fired over Big Mac meal…

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Added by steve davies on February 10, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Message from Tony Fitzgerald - Political principles

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 …

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Added by steve davies on February 6, 2015 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Truth and Understanding - Time to reclaim government

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…

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Added by steve davies on January 28, 2015 at 11:30am — 63 Comments

Ozloop 2014 End of year review

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…

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Added by steve davies on December 23, 2014 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Breaking news: Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) to be cut

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.

And…

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Added by Convict on December 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

When government goes rogue

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…

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Added by steve davies on December 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

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