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Yesterdays publication of the draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter by Wikileaks raises serious questions about the relationship between the Australian Government, the community and the Australian Public Service.
I've been taking a close look at the Public Service Commissioner's speech Where to now? Thoughts on future public sector reform. This speech was given to the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) Regional Conference - Kuching, Malaysia 29 October…Continue
It must do the wonders for the moral of employees of Australian Public Service agencies to read newspaper headlines like,
The 'sleepy' decade is over. We must evolve.
Friday's Canberra Times ran an article 'Jump in requests for disciplinary reviews', with Acting commissioner Karin Fisher telling us it's due to a "crackdown on bad public service."…
The Australian Public Service Commission has issued a cyber-bullying guide for public service agencies. The introduction states,
Cyber-bullying is an emerging issue for APS employees, associated with increasing use of social media and other online networking tools. From time to time, clients and other members of the community criticise agencies online because they are dissatisfied with agency services or the administration of government policy. Sometimes, however,…
I was recently contacted by Felicity Lawrence of Queensland University of Technology concerning an international research project on workplace cyber bullying in the Australian public sector.
Two doctoral researchers, Felicity Lawrence from the Queensland University of Technology,…Continue
Added by steve davies on October 29, 2013 at 7:56am — No Comments
Interesting letters in the SMH today about the revelations the Army started the bushfire in the Blue Mountains:
Emma McGirr point out that if an individual or a business did this, they…
Yesterday a good colleague of mine raised the question of what the diagnosis would be if public service managers were psychoanalysed. They were talking about those managers who somehow think it is normal to destroy lives and careers.
During our conversation I raised the question of what it is about public service agencies that encourages destructive practices and behaviours. What is it that encourages otherwise good people to do bad things? What is it that encourages…Continue
There is a quite wonderful tort called Misfeasance in Public Office which allows a corrupt public servant to be held personally liable.
Hit them where in hurts! In their own pocket!
The law was created in 1703 by Chief Justice Holt who allowed a man to sue a constable who refused to let him vote. When public servants close ranks to protect their corrupt brethren, this is the tort you should use:
From Sydney Morning Herald 26 September
The Work Health and Safety Act provides for individuals to be fined for bullying in the workplace:
$100,000 for a "category one" offence and up to $600,000 for the most serious "category three" breach of the Work Health and Safety Act, which might cover the suicide of a bullied worker.
Fines are to be paid by the individual, not their employer.
There is no kind of insurance that will…Continue
The following is from ABC Newsmail.
It is clear that the South Australian Government would be happy for the student to break his silence in spite of the "hush money".
We know that the ATO in particular and other public service agencies routinely "pay off" staff and enter into "confidentiality clauses".
Should the new Coalition Government take a leaf out of the South Australian Govts book and say to individuals who were subjected to such clauses that they can disregard…Continue
Some Commonwealth Agencies think the Attorney-General’s Legal Services Directions 2005 are just window dressing. They actually have a quite different set of rules. By observation and through feedback from litigants, I am beginning to work out some of the rules they really follow.
If anyone can add to the rules below, please do so.
The Real (unwritten until now) Legal Services Directions
Rule 1 - Don’t let any other Agency become involved,…Continue
New Matilda has an article about moves by the University of Sydney Student Union (USU) expelling a director for leaking information about the University to the student newspaper https://newmatilda.com/2013/10/08/sydney-uni-student-faces-expulsion-after-leaks
Many of the issues are the same here as being mentioned with the APS, including a code of conduct style muzzle for…Continue
A dear friend of mine applied to the Federal Magistrate’s Court under the Fair Work Act in relation to workplace issues.
My friend was employed in a Government Agency and had identified what appeared to be serious breaches of the enterprise agreement.
My friend named two respondents, being the Commissioner of Taxation and the Commonwealth of Australia.
You might think it was unnecessary to name the Commonwealth as a respondent, but if you think that, you would be…Continue
Last weekend must have been light on reporting wise. Why else publish an article with the headline Incredible workers' compensation claims from the Australian Public Service.
And what was the first sentence in the article by Gemma Jones, Political…Continue
An article in the Canberra Times http://www.canberratimes.com.au/it-pro/government-it/ato-ramps-up-cybersnooping-on-workers-20131002-hv1v6.html talks about ATO monitoring of staff and the testing of new Wifi access to staff.
I am not going to touch on the ethical and legal side of this, as the laws and policy is wide ranging and is based on different state…Continue
Added by Darryl Adams on October 3, 2013 at 1:16pm — No Comments
When discussing social media online (both with users here and the public) people confuse government ideas like "Freedom of Information" and commercial access to data. So what kind of links do people have with the social media environment?
It is not an easy idea to understand as it is more than one relationship. You are both a customer and the product of the social media companies.
1. Consumer of the services.
Each social media company (for example,…Continue
Added by Darryl Adams on October 3, 2013 at 12:39pm — No Comments
I'll keep this brief.
Make sure you watch ABC 7.30 tonight. An interview with Michaela Banerji concerning her dismissal from the APS.
Here are my…Continue
I have recently read press reports about Ms Michaela Banerji, who used Twitter regularly to criticise Australia's refugee policies, various politicians and some of her colleagues. Ms Banerji tweeted under a pseudonym, ''La Legale'' and none of her readers knew she was a public servant.
What really interests me is how the employer, the Department of Immigration discovered the identity of @LaLegale.
I do not know all the facts, but it seems as though @LaLegale may have…Continue
The Institute of Public Administration Australia (ACT) event Social Media and its Impact on Communications is nearly here. So . . .
Here is a…Continue