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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?…


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…


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…


Added by steve davies on February 26, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

"Unfair, inconsistent, useless" APS performance management

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

What is nowadays being labelled as…


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 …


Added by steve davies on February 17, 2015 at 10:30am — 39 Comments

LSD - Application to Attorney-General




 (Formatting has been changed.)


Dear Attorney-General


Application to Attorney-General

Section 55ZG(2) of the Judiciary Act 1903


I am making…


Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on February 12, 2015 at 5:16pm — 7 Comments

CSIRO and the abuse of power

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


Added by steve davies on February 10, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 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 …


Added by steve davies on February 6, 2015 at 10:00am — 5 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…


Added by steve davies on January 28, 2015 at 11:30am — 45 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…


Added by steve davies on December 23, 2014 at 9:30am — 7 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…


Added by steve davies on December 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Bullying at Work: Workplace Mobbing is on the Rise

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  …


Added by Prof Freud on December 6, 2014 at 2:07am — 11 Comments

Sex Discrimination - Get it Here!

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…


Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on November 24, 2014 at 9:40am — 9 Comments

It would be wonderful if . . .

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:

  • More management. Especially, performance management.

  • More leadership. Not to mention endless leadership and management training.

  • More red tape in the form…

Added by steve davies on November 24, 2014 at 9:05am — 3 Comments

If failure to answer an AAT summons a breach of the Code of Conduct?

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…


Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on November 21, 2014 at 5:10pm — 4 Comments

Anthony Mason on courts protecting individuals from government, and why Australia is screwed

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,…


Added by Brendan Jones on November 20, 2014 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Canberra Times smear job?

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…


Added by steve davies on November 19, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

AAT Update - Re Cheryl Peters and Comcare

 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…


Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on November 19, 2014 at 8:23am — 5 Comments

Age discrimination in the workplace


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…


Added by Cheryl Peters on November 11, 2014 at 7:06pm — 10 Comments

Initiating important and beneficial change seems often to be the province of the brave.

The story of William Tynsdale  "The Most Dangerous Man In Tudor England" who dedicated and ultimately gave his life to achieve his goal of making the Bible accessible in English.  The documentary is available as an intriguing Compass series in 2 parts:

Part 2 has just been broadcast and appears not yet available.

Would I be as brave?…


Added by Prof Freud on November 9, 2014 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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