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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…Continue
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…Continue
I don't know what to make of this yet but it appears that the Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann is set to announce on Monday that 175 agencies will be "scrapped".
Of course, the LNP will publicise the savings, estimated to be $500 over 4 years (trivial). But what they won't tell you is the cost to society [people losing homes and unable to provide for their families] and the bottom line to taxpayers in Centrelink support.
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…Continue
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 …Continue
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…Continue
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:
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