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Successive Australian Governments and the Australian Public Service are used to dominating political decision making and discussion. Government speaks, mainstream media reports and from time to time there are rumblings from the community. In the main Australia has been a fairly silent state.
The polical culture that has evolved is very much one of 'being in charge' and exercising power. That culture has not changed…Continue
Behind the scenes it's been a busy but professionally rewarding few months for me. Assisting some brave, clever and community minded people on issues concerning abuses of power by the Australian Public Service.
Then there's the apparent selective blindness of…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…
I recently purchased Scott Horton's book Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare. The book shows how the growth in the power of bureaucrats has undermines democracy. The major tactic being the misuse of secrecy and the amplification of fear through the exaggeration of threat.
These tactics have been employed by most democratic governments and are a threat to both democracy and good governance. Australia is no exception to this and most…Continue
Added by steve davies on July 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
As Ozloop members would know, for some time I have been custodian of apsbullying.com
We have decide to archive the content of the apsbullying.com web site. The site will no longer be maintained as it was time do to something different.
apsbullying.com focused on bullying, harassment, victimisation and discrimination in the Australian Public Service.
However, the reality is that the bad…Continue
The Guardian's @vanbdham reports that Malcolm Fraser's Renew Australia party is a lament for the country we should have had
It's an informative and positive piece. Except for the sentiment that,…
Added by steve davies on March 31, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
On 28 January 2015 ABC 7.30's Leigh Sales Interviewed Tony Fitzgerald QC. For those who may have been very young at the time Tony Fitzgerald headed the Commission of Inquiry into corruption in Queensland politics 25 years ago.
You can watch the interview on the ABC's web site. There is also a transcript of the interview. Here is the link …Continue
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
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
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…
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…
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:
Added by steve davies on April 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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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…Continue
Added by steve davies on March 18, 2014 at 7:59am — No Comments
OZloop has always taken a politically neutral stance. That is to say our criticisms of the Australian Public Service have not been shaped by the beliefs of any one political party.
Recent actions of the public service along with the recent media release by the current Public Service Minister and articles published in the Canberra Times are so severe in the implications that they have for open government, public interest discussions and, indeed, freedom of speech that…Continue
It was with great interest I read the Canberra Times piece Challenges in a changing world. The article outlines the changes being made to the Australian Public Service and claims they could lead to major transformation.
I've reviewed piece and, of course, the comments made by the Australian Service Commissioner, Steve Sedgwick.
If the changes are followed through then, yes, some of them could result in some much needed transformation. However, I doubt that will…Continue
The governments response to the inquiry is starting to emerge with a media release entitled Government puts workplace bullies on notice.
The full detail has not been revealed at the time of my publishing this post. However, two matters stand out sat this stage.
Based on our work over the last few years we have created the infographic below for local government. Like many organisations across…Continue