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Martin Parkinson, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary, recently warned departments and individual public servants of the "lethal mix of arrogance and ignorance" plaguing public policy. Read more: Canberra Times 19 April 2016.
Australian Government agencies should heed the…Continue
Like some fallout from the Twighlight Zone Comcare keeps attracting the sort of headlines and stories they want us to believe. But don't worry - The truth is out there.…Continue
Yesterday I was contacted by Lynda Saltarelli founder of Aged Care Crisis.
Barely a day goes by that we don’t hear another shameful story of sub-standard care to our elderly citizens in hospital and nursing home care.
Whilst our politicians and bureaucrats argue, pass the buck, or indulge in…
Craig Thomler has examined the issue and expresses interesting views in his post …Continue
You may not know it, but it is Innovation Month.
Innovation Month 2015 is the flagship initiative lead by the Department of Industry to achieve the objectives of the APS Innovation Action Plan “the APS and its agencies will institute mechanisms to recognise, celebrate and share innovation efforts. This will be done by … agencies holding innovation themed events to discuss, share and celebrate public sector innovation within their agencies.” The plan is supported by the…
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Something does not add up. On the one hand the Australian Taxation Office is expending effort telling the community it is reinventing itself. On the other I am still being told, through very reliable sources, that the culture is still very much one permeated by fear, risk aversion and group think.
That does not surprise me one bit. Neither does the volume and nature of what looks like a rebadged version of the 'old' corporate spin. You only have to look at the bright and shiny…Continue
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'.…
I was so looking forward to winding down in the lead up to the festive season. It doesn't look like this is going to happen.
The Canberra Times reports that the Australian Taxation Office needs major overhaul to avoid slipping backwards, review warns. True, but it makes…Continue
Today, the Canberra Times published an article entitled Whistleblower laws facing fine-tuning. Apparently, the Australian Public Service Commissioner, Stephen Sedgwick, informed the Senate committee on legal and constitutional affairs that the laws should not allow public servants to go 'forum shopping'.
Quite frankly, this is a bit rich given the…Continue
Today is the start of World Innovation and Creativity Week. What better day to release a social media freedom charter for Australian public servants.
The charter stands in contrast to the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct and the practices of many APS agencies. As we have seen and written about many a time on OZloop the practices of APS agencies do not reflect enlightened democratic values.
A great exclusive by Linton Besser @lb_online and Nick Phillips @NickySMH concerning a Call for inquiry as CSIRO comes under the microscope.
In this exclusive it is pointed out…Continue
Today I want to present a few challenges. To do that I am first going to step back in time. Not bad for someone whose preference is the future.
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
A great speech from John F. Kennedy in 1961. You can read the full text of President Kennedy's speech and view historical footage …
Undermining FOI and Open Government
The primary purpose of this post was (and still is), to provide an update on my freedom of information request to Comcare, the Australian Public Service Commission and there Australian Taxation Office. My request concerned the monitoring of OZloop and was quite detailed. If you haven't read it already, you might like to do so …Continue
In todays Canberra Times.
Lots of allegations have been tossed around by stakeholders and media in recent times and I would have to say that the basis for some of those are pretty dodgy,'' he said.
Over the last three years, to October 2012, there have been 11 allegations of bullying and harassment made in the CSIRO and 10 of those have subsequently not been substantiated.
CSIRO deputy chief executive of…
One of the more interesting debates I had when working within the Australian Public Service concerned organisational culture. To be precise, about the notion of reforming culture from the ground up.
Here I was taking some tech I was responsible for down that path and you'd think I'd committed heresy. Especially by pointing out that corporate culture change programmes are right up there with the tried…Continue
No. This post is not about a new website called APSDenial. That being said, it is tempting to set up a satirical site highlighting the Australian Public Service's antics in relation to the bullying and mobbing of employees and the important systemic and cultural issues it raises.
Mind you the way things are going it would be interesting to re-write the…Continue
It's been a big year for bullying within the Australian Public Service.
We are delighted with Recommendation 8 of the national bullying report where the committee concluded that,
. . . the allegations of misuse of the mental health assessment referral power within the APS that the Committee heard about signify that there is a need to monitor how that power is used and how often there are reviews on the grounds of misuse.
After reading the Canberra Times article Bureaucrats warned against online gossip one could be forgiven for thinking that the 'silly season' has hit with a vengeance.
My major concern with what has been reported is that many of the views expressed are at odds…Continue
I see that smartcompany has picked up on Crikey's report on the departure of the current Tax Commissioner Michael D'Ascenzo. Check out Why Swan moved the nation’s top tax man on.
Of course, the Taxation Office also issued its own announcement on the…Continue
Spring is officially here in Canberra. OK it doesn't feel quite like it yet. Except for those of us who are busily sneezing away of course. October will bring warmer weather and, for me, that means no more allergic…Continue