Express Exchange Engage
Recently, a number of people contacted me concerning the activities of Sparke Helmore. It seems that they have taken an interest in this site. Good. Maybe Sparke Helmore can join in the discussions and be constructive rather than just snooping around.
Which sparked a thought. Given the antics of the Australian Public Service why not take a look at these legal firms.
The Australian Public…Continue
22 November 2013
We obtained information indicating that public service agencies are purchasing software and services to monitor social media activity. What is being said and who is saying it.
Australia: One nation under surveillance raises reasonable suspicions that Australian…Continue
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Australia Day is just around the corner. 19 days to go and counting. Community celebrations will abound and, of course, the announcement of honours and awards to those people who have gone the extra mile to do good.
With that in mind it is worth asking ourselves whether the…Continue
On August 1, 2013 Noel Towel of the Canberra Times reported that discussions were being held between the unions and Australian Public Service Commission on returning to centralised bargaining. See PS chiefs chase one deal for all.
This is a very complex matter as any such move will impact the capacity of Australian Public Service agencies to deliver to…Continue
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
I have seen many examples of Australian Public Service agencies undertaking sham consultations with the community, employees and stakeholders. We all have a good idea of the strategies.
I have known for some time that OZloop is being monitored. What I would like to make clear is that there is nothing unusual about Australian Public Service agencies monitoring both offline and online media activities. Indeed, it is something that should be expected, not feared and not regarded as 'spying'.
However, the speed, agility and democratic nature of social media has changed the equation for the public service. Robust online conversation is increasingly the norm and it…Continue
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 recently revisited a paper entitled Perfect Policies, Putrid Practices written by Karen Grogan and Sandra Dann. The paper examines workplace bullying in the public sector.
Much of the research draws on work done around the mid 1990s. I want to draw your attention to one particular comment made in the paper concerning the degree of self congratulatory behaviour associated with having…Continue
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About the project
The purpose of the project is to construct an ideal type of open government. The fundamentals of the approach draw on the work of the sociologist …Continue
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Some time ago a good friend of mine drew my attention to an article by Kate Dempsey entitled Public Sector Values as a Talisman against 'evil'. The article raises questions about how such values are used, not so much the values themselves.
On 1 February 2012 I received a response from the…Continue
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OK. Rapid fire thoughts.
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