All Blog Posts Tagged 'government' (41)

When government goes rogue

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…

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Added by steve davies on December 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 6 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…

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

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

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…
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Added by steve davies on April 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — 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…

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

Government and Public Service clamp down on public interest discussions

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…

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Added by steve davies on January 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Challenges in a changing world - The OZloop report card

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…

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Added by steve davies on July 29, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Government response to recommendations of the national workplace bullying inquiry

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.

  • Recognising that bullying does not include reasonable management practices including…
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Added by steve davies on February 12, 2013 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Infographic: Local Gov2.0 - How Council Can Use Social Media

Based on our work over the last few years we have created the infographic below for local government. Like many organisations across…

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Added by Fergal Coleman on November 5, 2012 at 8:10pm — 2 Comments

Future of Social Government - Bureaucratic flatlining is not an option

Last month I presented at the Future of social government conference held in Canberra. It was a…

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Added by steve davies on October 8, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Public Service Amendment Bill 2012 – Enhanced Authoritarianism

Background

 

The Australian Governments’ House of Representatives recently passed the Public Service Amendment Bill 2012. The Bill contains legislative proposals to enable the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report Ahead of the Game: …

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Added by steve davies on September 6, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Boys from the Bush and Gov 2.0

This post is by way of a welcome to Boys from the Bush.

What is the connection between Boys from the Bush and Gov 2.0/Open Government you may ask.

Having spent 15 years in the Northern Territory and having had responsibility for matters associated with Indigenous Australians in the public sector I am reasonably well qualified to suggest a few connections. Working with Indigenous Australians in my…

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Added by steve davies on August 23, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Inquiry into workplace bullying : Methodological problems abound

While it is pleasing that the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment is inquiring into workplace bullying it is fair to say that the inquiry is starting out with some serious methodological flaws. Flaws, I suggest, that could compromise the veracity of the inquiry…

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Added by steve davies on June 12, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Reflect - Learn - Act

Despite being an atheist (or maybe because of that), I think the looming Easter break provides an opportunity to reflect on the deeper aspects of life. Especially on those phenomenon and experiences that either divide or connect us.

 

With that in mind what I want to do in this post is put the current state of affairs within the Australian Public Service on a human scale. The bureaucratic corporate mindset and outdated notions of corporate management that pervade the public…

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Added by steve davies on April 5, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The paranoia that will 'shut' government

The Canberra Times kindly published an article of mine in the Public Sector Informant magazine. The informant itself is not available on line so I've provided it in pdf below.

 

You sometimes hear people complain about how the press alters the what they say and that the intended meaning gets lost.The editor of the Informant Markus Mannheim was fantastic to deal with and made some tweaks that really added value.…

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Added by steve davies on March 7, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Social media and public servants - Online participation not wanted? Well maybe, Maybe not.

In this weekends Canberra Times Markus Mannheim wrote a piece entitled Please speak freely, servants...just don't upset anyone.

 

Markus apologises, not for his original article, but for the aftermath. And I quote,

 

I'm not sorry for highlighting this latest advice; that's my job. It's…

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Added by steve davies on January 29, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Pull Culture Replaces Push Culture

An interesting bit of work from the Indiana University Office of Interactive Communications.

Many of us grew up in the Push Culture, a period in history where manufacturers and distributors told us what we should think about their product through all types of advertising mediums that were available at the time - television, print, and even the dearly loved telemarketers. Branding was King. That was then. Times have changed, thanks almost exclusively to the internet and…

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Added by steve davies on November 27, 2011 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Smart Government Australia 2011 - Presentation Roll Call

Here are the Smart Government Australia 2011 conference presentations for you to download.

 

After having read them I think it is fair to say that they cover a nice spectrum in terms of what is being done and what challenges to be met.

 

Here is the presentation roll call so far.

 

Brett…

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Added by steve davies on September 17, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

eGovernment Assessment blog

From the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) comes a blog called e-Government Assessment http://egovernments.wordpress.com/



Going by the tag cloud, the site seems to be quite big on assessing government website accessibility.



This recent post points to a book providing a Global Web Accessibility Analysis of National Government Portals and Ministry Web…

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Added by Jeff Evans on September 16, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Smart Government Australia 2011 Conference - My account of Day 1

The presentations from speakers have not yet been put on the Terrapinn's web site. That will happen after today.

 

What I want to do is share my account of day 1 of the conference with you.

 

In my opening remarks I spoke about the theme of people power and what meant for our institutions. In my comments I emphasised the need for authenticity. Here are the…

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Added by steve davies on September 8, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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