Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Human rights and silencing individuals


  • According to Human Rights Watch, the Chinese government has detained dozens of activists, writers, lawyers, and others, including the artist, Ai Weiwei. 
  • Respondents to our survey say that the University of Newcastle has sidelined or ostracised them or made their work situation untenable, because they spoke out about unethical behaviour.

  • When released, several Chinese “activists” have been silenced and are not permitted to speak about their experiences in custody.
  • When they have “resigned”, several University of Newcastle "whistleblowers" (at least 12-15) have been silenced (with gagging clauses) and are not permitted to speak about their experiences at the university.


“A political power can easily silence an individual,” said Pu Zhiqiang, a rights lawyer in Beijing. “But in doing so, it also shows its fear and lack of confidence. And it also shows to the world the failings of China’s legal system.”  (NY Times)
So what do “gagging clauses” show about the University of Newcastle?

1 comment:

  1. I thought we lived in a country that supported free speech. As a "whistleblower" I discovered you are only allowed free speech if your opinions were the same as your supervisor. When it comes to protection of "whistleblowers" Australia fails. Is this important? Well I guess if we want to stop corrupt and unethical behaviour it is. It seems though we are happy for narcissists to get into positions of power and use our tax payers money to promote themselves into higher and higher positions and greater power.

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