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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…Continue
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,…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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?…Continue
There is nothing like a protracted DIY and Bunnings project to get you focused on practicalities. This one dragged me away from Ozloop for a while. But, hey, nothing like a bit of distance to restore perspective.
The Australian Public Service has embraced social media, there is no censorship and intimidation of pubic servants, open data shows how open the pubic service really is and pigs fly.
That's right folks. Throw in some open data and a plethora of Twitter…Continue
Following on from Prof Freud's revelation that the Commissioner of Taxation has relocated his office from Canberra (where it has been since the ATO's inception?). Shuffled under the carpet is the news that in order to accommodate the Commissioner and his loyal staff, many other workers were displaced and dispatched to the Parramatta office PRONTO, resulting in, you guessed it - legal action! …Continue
Well, well, well ... while we weren't looking, it seems that the former ALP Federal AG, Mark Dreyfus, made changes to the way alleged breaches to the Legal Services Directions 2005 (Directions), conferred under s 55ZF of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) (Judiciary Act) are monitored and assessed. Of course, such changes were made to benefit the Commonwealth and not the ordinary, struggling litigant up against the might of…Continue
Are you passionate about how organisations learn, develop and are managed?
I am excited to be presenting at the IIM National Conference in Canberra on the 27-28 October. My experiential workshop is on empowering open government.
The proposition I will be putting forward is…Continue
Added by steve davies on October 15, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments
An example of how defamation muzzles government critics, though this story has a happy ending thanks to Fairfax Buisiness Journalist Michael West.
It regards farmer Bruce Robertson who blew the whistle on corruption in the power industry. At that, the *government owned* power industry:
"Governments should not sue their citizens for exercising their right to an opinion and Grid Australia is a…
Added by Brendan Jones on October 13, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
On 6 October Michaela Banerji - the public servant unjustifiably hounded out of her job for posting anonymously as a private citizen - sent a submission to the Australian Public Service Commission to assist them with their work concerning the disclosure of the outcomes of misconduct complaints.
Michaela prefaced her submission with the following points:
Added by steve davies on October 9, 2014 at 10:10am — No Comments
Seems like the terrorists have taken square aim at our democracy and appear to be winning.
I absolutely believe that new anti-terror laws have political ends and are not in our interests. And I don't believe any benefits from them outweigh the risks from them.
Accountability is a cornerstone of democracy and removing accountability for spy agencies, which are supposed to serve the community as a whole, is not a reason why we elect any…Continue
The unwillingness to let people speak derives from fear of what they might say. And limits the spread on information. Secrecy removes the need for accountability. Many public servants have found themselves in a moral double-bind upon receiving a direction to act in a way that is inconsistent with the law and/or the public interest. Some have been punished for speaking out.…Continue
Loved the scientists on last week's Q&A - great to hear intelligent factual discussion. The young female scientist who won Young Australian of the Year is inspirational and is ahead of her years.
This week was pleasantly surprised that Christopher Pyne said something which I thought was very interesting:
I think (Laura Tingle) made a lot of very good points about the press gallery and I think... there are very, very few…Continue
18 September 2014 The Canberra Times says Australian Pubic Service bosses told to open up on complaints. In his piece Canberra Times reporter Noel Towell writes,
In a discussion paper about what information should be provided to complainants, Merit Protection Commissioner Karin Fisher says departments "err on…
As if right on cue todays Canberra Times published a piece written by Fairfax's Philip Dorling concerning the tapping of the major Australia-New Zealand undersea telecommunications cable. Philip says,
A major undersea telecommunications cable that connects Australia and New Zealand to North America has been tapped to allow the United States…
A month ago we had the Human Right Commission's Free Speech Mass Debate.
It was a farce; almost entirely lawyers (who have a lucrative industry suppressing free speech), and it steered well clear of issues like free speech for public servants, whistleblowers and ordinary people being screwed over by the government.
But what really disturbed me was the way ALP Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus had the audience - particularly a fawning media - wrapped around his…Continue
Added by Brendan Jones on September 11, 2014 at 3:13pm — No Comments
Yet again we have anti-Semitic acts within the Tax Office being called out in the media. The headline in todays Herald Sun?
Australian Tax Office investigates Nazi graffiti at its Box Hill officeContinue
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