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Interesting post on the Guardian's Australia Culture Blog by Tim Wilson - popularly known as the Freedom Commissioner - Twitter trolls have a right to offend – but we don't have to listen.
Wilson concludes by saying,
. . . we regulate speech outside laws. We self-regulate. Social norms…
I was subjected to the usage of the disgraceful legislation and suspended from work.
There was no causal link or nexus to the suspension and it was not linked to any previous medical issue.
Can anyone advise whether this use in the PSA has been challenged in Court and if
so what was the outcome.. I am considering Legal action against my employers senior management.
I had a situation happen to me while working at ATO. An immature forty something male filmed me and another colleague on his newly acquired ipad without our knowledge or consent.
This employee was well known for his obnoxious and rude behaviour toward everyone from the Commissioners down.
He made a film clip in the style of Charlie Chaplin's 'The little tramp' and a title called 'Elderlies in the ATO'. It was quite a clever production, however it was also…Continue
The Canberra Times and PS News recently published articles concerning your views on the use of social media by public servants. There are important questions to be asked in relation to the views being communicated by yourself and the Commission to the public. Most notably:
Added by steve davies on May 8, 2014 at 11:50am — No Comments
I have had difficulty understanding why the Government didn't want to increase taxes. After all the tax cuts made by the Howard Government, it's pretty obvious that funds are needed for our hospitals, schools, roads etc. I believe most people would accept modest higher taxes to ensure those things will be provided. And I would rather pay a higher rate of tax than have a zillion tolls, fees and charges being extracted from my pocket every time I cross a bridge or use a highway etc.
Added by Leroy on May 7, 2014 at 11:45am — No Comments
Dear Mr Jordan
I have been waiting for responses from you, or on your behalf, to two issues that are important to me as a practising lawyer.
As a solicitor, I would not normally voice my concerns in a public forum. However, as I am sure you would agree, a question of ethics is not always a straightforward choice between only two opposing principles. I have thought deeply about my choices in the situation in which I find myself, and I have…Continue
My involvement in technology goes back a long time. Throughout I have been guided by four principles. These are:
A while back I drew attention to an ethics…Continue
Added by steve davies on April 30, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Yet again, the misuse of psychiatry by Australian Public Service agencies rears its ugly head. Agencies, including Comcare, continue to engage in doctor shopping to obtain a diagnosis that suits them and the employee's agency.
All the while Comcare and agencies complain about the increasing number of claims related to bullying and psychological harm. Really, are they that blind?
I've been talking to a number of professionals who are deeply disturbed by what they…Continue
It was with some ceremony that the Department of Finance announced that Mitchell and Partners Australia is now the Australian Government's master media agency.
I am pleased to announce that Mitchell and Partners Australia Pty Ltd (Mitchells) has been appointed as the Australian Government’s master media agency for an initial period of four years. Mitchells was awarded the contract following a competitive open tender process undertaken by the…Continue
Last Wednesday 9 April 2014 I presented at the Australian Government Social Media Best Practice Toolkit 2014 forum organised by the ArkGroup.
My paper was titled The rise of citizen journalism - What it means for government and public service.
What I endeavoured to do in both my talk and the paper was pull together related observations and threads of argument. These included:
Added by steve davies on April 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I have been thinking that more needs to be done. Steve has provided a fantastic communication tool in Ozloop. I believe that we will never know the true extent of its influence. It has shone an honest light into the dark recesses of the APS and revealed much that was festering there.
It has been the source of comfort and guidance to those who, often unknowingly, have become targets for Special Treatment.
There is a lot more I could say, but you already know it. Long live Steve…Continue
The Taxation Office, like the rest of the Australian Public Service, is under great strain. But let's remind ourselves that it is human beings who are being placed under great strain here. Not the grey faceless public service bureaucrats often portrayed in the media. A portrayal, by the way that is rarely challenged by public service leaders.
In difficult and changing times it is important to communicate with people about changes that…Continue
Added by steve davies on April 11, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments
The introduction of knighthoods and damehoods caught me by surprise, as it did many people.
In a subsequent mood of reflection, I wondered what Sir Winston Churchill would make of our modern politics.
He was Prime Minister at a time which has often been described as Britain’s “darkest hour”, as the bombs rained down on London.
At the start of this campaign to expose the systemic abuse of power that is hard wired into the Australian Public Service I did promise myself that I would come up with something short for people to kick back and listen to.
The reason for doing so is simple. The Australian Public Service, like other institutions that allow abusive practices grow, do everything they can to stone wall and deny. At times, indeed, my colleagues and I shake our heads in wonder at how abuse of any…Continue
An interesting account from Noel Towell on Don Russell's, former secretary of the Industry Department, talk at Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy in todays Canberra Times. Don Russell urges chiefs to flex muscles and 'save the APS'.…
On the 9th of April I will be delivering a keynote at the Connected Forum that is part of Australian Government Social Media Best Practice Toolkit 2014 event. The keynote will take place between 9.15 and 10.00 am.
The event is being organised by the Ark Group Australia and will held in Canberra on the 9th and 10th of April. Take a look at the …Continue
Added by steve davies on March 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
New to social media? Need to develop a social media plan? Want to inspire your team?
Craig Thomler, with over eight years experience helping people make the most of social media, has developed a real world approach and product to help people do just that.
A card deck to help you think, plan and innovate to get the best out of social media for you business, government department or team.
Having developed and tested the card deck Craig now needs…Continue
Added by steve davies on March 18, 2014 at 7:59am — No Comments
For some months I have been working with a group of very courageous and community minded people examining matters that go to the heart of what is wrong with the Australian Public Service. Indeed, of systemic practices involving breaking the law, breaching the public service code of conduct and, arguably, breaches of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
What is striking is that no matter what incidents we look at the pattern is the same. What we have is very ugly picture of the culture…Continue
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