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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 — 7 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 — 7 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 — 3 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 — 8 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 — 15 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

Australian Public Service Social Media Revolution

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…


Added by steve davies on November 4, 2014 at 10:43am — 1 Comment

Well, well, well what have we got here?

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! …


Added by Convict on November 2, 2014 at 3:40pm — 7 Comments

Legal Services Directions 2005

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…


Added by Convict on October 18, 2014 at 9:31pm — 10 Comments

ACTKM14 Conference - Creating Value from Your Information and Knowledge

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…


Added by steve davies on October 15, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

How Defamation muzzles Government critics (and why your Power Bill is so high...)

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

APS silence is not golden

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:

  • The commission cited a recent case where the Immigration Department was found to have hidden behind…

Added by steve davies on October 9, 2014 at 10:10am — No Comments

What hope for accountability?

Really concerned...

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…


Added by Prof Freud on October 7, 2014 at 12:55am — 6 Comments

Musing on the future

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.…


Added by Cassandra March on October 5, 2014 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Christopher Pyne channels Barry Jones

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…


Added by Prof Freud on October 3, 2014 at 12:59am — 7 Comments

APS Misconduct - Putting the public first

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…


Added by steve davies on September 30, 2014 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

The collapse of governance - Australia leads the way

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…


Added by steve davies on September 16, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Open Letter: Debunking Dreyfus on Free Speech, Rights Abuses under the Labor Party

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…


Added by Brendan Jones on September 11, 2014 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Does Tax Office culture encourage abuse?

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 office

Full report from…


Added by steve davies on September 3, 2014 at 1:46pm — 13 Comments

The politics of above politics

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…


Added by steve davies on August 29, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

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