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This essential workshop will help ....1 Day Workshop on the 19th June…Bully Response Group -

Jean-Marcel Eliezer Malliaté "Sticks and Stones will break my bones. NAMES will crush my heart" J-MM 2014 

During my past employment and several meetings with key personnel of the many private and government organisations, I have been informed of the ongoing need for effective training for all staff about identifying and…


Added by Jean-Marcel Malliaté MDR on June 2, 2014 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Workplace Bullying - Management Naive or complicit

Further to my previous blog.

After six months of Investigation Forced Sectin 56 Psych Referral etc. and Reviews, matter finalised as No Further Action.

After I disproved a workplace bully and "management tool" alleging false allegations.

On receipt of the NFA outcome was basically assaulted (Minor) Matter reported and

Management informed. No Action taken apart from advice. No suspension no action


Management had a…


Added by Andrew Gillies on May 27, 2014 at 5:24pm — 8 Comments

Pipe bombs and psychiatric assessments - Fakery and double standards

Bill Heffernan - Senator

Senator Bill Heffernan's theatrical use of a 'fake pipe bomb' to highlight his concerns about changed security arrangements in Parliament House certainly caught the…


Added by steve davies on May 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Freedom Commissioner should actively support social media freedoms

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…


Added by steve davies on May 21, 2014 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

Section 56 PSA Act - Medical Examination

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.

Added by Andrew Gillies on May 11, 2014 at 6:14pm — 9 Comments

Age discrimination in the ATO

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…


Added by Gipsy Rose on May 8, 2014 at 4:31pm — 4 Comments

Dear Public Service Commissioner

Dear Commissioner/Steve

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:

  • Why does the Commission conflate criticism of the actions of the public service with criticism of government and its…

Added by steve davies on May 8, 2014 at 11:50am — No Comments

No new taxes?

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

To the Commissioner of Taxation


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…


Added by Cheryl Robyn Weeks on May 2, 2014 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

The ethics of ethics apps in the Australian Public Service

My involvement in technology goes back a long time. Throughout I have been guided by four principles. These are:

  • Empowering people comes first

  • Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should

  • Technology is social and transformational

  • Bureaucracies often look at technology through the lens of control

A while back I drew attention to an ethics…


Added by steve davies on April 30, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Australian Public Service suffers from Oppositional Defensive Disorder

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…


Added by steve davies on April 28, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Australian Government master media agency: Engagement or manipulation?

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…


Added by steve davies on April 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Presentation : Social Media Best Practice Toolkit 2014

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:

  • The importance of values.

  • The…

Added by steve davies on April 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Action time!

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…


Added by Leroy on April 11, 2014 at 5:56pm — 13 Comments

Tax Office to shed up to 25% of its workforce?

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…


Added by steve davies on April 11, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

Reflections on Camelot

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.

He rallied…


Added by Leroy on April 5, 2014 at 4:53pm — 7 Comments

Understanding APS abuse of power - In seven minutes and 48 seconds

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…


Added by steve davies on April 4, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Australian Public Service cult of leadership

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'.…


Added by steve davies on April 1, 2014 at 9:48am — 9 Comments

My keynote : The rise of citizen journalism

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 …


Added by steve davies on March 28, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Social Media Planner - Innovate NOW

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…


Added by steve davies on March 18, 2014 at 7:59am — No Comments

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