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.

Help make a difference –

*answer our survey,

*contribute to the blog, or

*contact us.

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, September 30, 2011

University of Newcastle in the news!

The University of Newcastle is in the papers and on the radio - but not good news....

Germov was no sooner promoted to/rewarded with the position of PVC - Faculty of Education and Arts than he was embroiled in a crisis regarding the Bachelor of Arts degree - staff were apparently not given an opportunity to discuss major curriculum changes despite the review of the program being completed in April.  Furthermore, a

"redundancy would be offered to a lecturer in Chinese language studies and the course removed from the arts faculty to the Confucius Institute at the university".

 Well, Germov did state that

“I’m motivated by ‘making a difference’ to people’s lives".

From our online survey of staff and students who have been bullied, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences had more than its fair share of bullying whilst Germov was Head of School.  Germov has certainly made a difference in a number of people's lives, but not the difference they wanted!

McConkey has been in the newspapers and on the radio regarding the allegations of collusion made to international students in the Faculty of Business and Law.  This is ongoing - but McConkey has had to say SORRY.  Now there are accusations of discrimination against international students.

What's next......

145 comments:

  1. Another destroyed academicSeptember 30, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Germov certainly made a difference in my life - he ignored the fact that I was thrown out for following policies regarding internal reporting of misconduct, ignored the thefts from my office, and stood by whilst my career was destroyed. All he could say was that he "had to support ongoing staff" regardless of their behaviour/misconduct/petty crimes/malicious gossip/breaking the Privacy Act etc etc. Now he has more power - the usual reward for bullying academics at the University of Newcastle.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I was new on the staff a couple of years ago and was very pleased to have a refereed journal publication. When I proudly told the then HoS about it, I got the "how dare you?" look from him. I'd thought I'd have a pat on my shoulder, but instead, got the shock of my life. I've since learnt to keep my academic achievements a strict secret so as to survive.

    ReplyDelete
  3. When you have 5 big promotions in 3 years - SL to Asso/Prof., Asso/Prof. to Prof., deputy HoS to HoS, HoS to 1-year PVC, 1-year PVC to 5-year PVC, you must have done something right in one important department!? In the corporate history of Australian universities, this sort of rocket rise is rare. The UoN is where the impossible happens. It's definitely the "employer of choice for men" in the whole of Australia!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow, the man's made a colossal difference to his own wallet very quickly! And has he joint the top 10 executives sharing the 3.5 million dollars bonus pay this year?! phew.....

    ReplyDelete
  5. The uni used to be No. 11 and within a few years it's sunken to No. 36 out of 37 unis in the country. It's so embarrassing for the town. The UAI for the Callaghan BA in 2011 was as low as 60,05, but UNE was 72.55, Wollongong 70/75/80 (different campuses). Is it a case of profit before quality? Some people should get their asses kicked.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have read so much in the press about the bullying culture at Newcastle Uni, it's getting really worrying.

    ReplyDelete
  7. http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/university-of-newcastle-says-survey-response-rate-not-reliable/1593197.aspx

    ReplyDelete
  8. http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/university-of-newcastle-to-make-entry-easier/1264816.aspx

    ReplyDelete
  9. I had many precious and vital teaching tools stolen from my office, which presented me from carrying out my essential teaching duties. When I reported this to the HoS, I was told no one would do such a thing in the School as no one had a key to my office. I was made to feel as if I was a liar. It's been 4 years since I was last able to teach that particular component of the course as I have had no tools to do it and no one at the Uni cares.

    ReplyDelete
  10. The UoN is the only place where you can get a big promotion with self-funded books published by vanity presses such as Peter Lang and LINCOM which have no quality control whatsoever. At the UoN, the vanity press crowd has thrived in recent years as many of them get their departments to pay ($5,000) for their "books", which in turn help make their "successful" careers, whereas this sort of books are not allowed at other universities.

    ReplyDelete
  11. UoN's sale of the century (http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/government-keeps-newcastle-uni-deal-under-wraps/2315786.aspx) continues with the sale of its marvellous Chinese program to the Confucius Institute owned by the Chinese government (and Australian staff made redundant), following the sale of its pre-tertiary programs to the private provider Novitas with staff kept completely in the dark. Will the VC’s and his deputies’ bonus pay be even higher this year than 2010's 3 million? One wonders if any frontline staff will be given any bonus pay???

    ReplyDelete
  12. I've never seen so many couples on the same department/faculty. How can the place function normally?! Management 111 seems to have been lost on many the managers there.

    ReplyDelete
  13. myself and three other asian students were eating in the modern language staffroom. then this while male came to tell us we shouldn't be there because we were students, we shouldn't use the microwave to heat up our meals. we think he is a lecturer in the department and we see him sometimes. we were very scared, angry and upset because we pay so much fees every year. the room is always empty. we don't think some of the lecturers like us. it's very hard to find a place to heat up our lunch and the food in the shops is so expensive for us.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Yeah, my friends and I had the same experience at the modern language department. We were treated like thieves when we tried to heat up our meals in their microwave oven.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Well stay out of the staffroom unless you are staff. Seems simple.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Then don't take our money.Don't go to our countries to lie about how friendly the teachers are. We will not go to your department anymore. we'll go to other places and you will be very lonely.

    ReplyDelete
  17. If other places are unfrendly, we will go to other universites and cities. Then you will not only be lonely, you will be also very poor. we just learnt the not only.. but also phrase today. we will beat you because we can use your language and you can't use ours. you are deaf to the world and i pity you.

    ReplyDelete
  18. he/she can always have his/her microwave owen for company.

    ReplyDelete
  19. THEY will live in "splendid isolation" and third world poverty very soon. Well, maybe they'll still eat their fish and chips at a set table!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Go to the NUSA website and see what the international students are saying about the uni. Are the leaders in touch with reality?

    ReplyDelete
  21. You pay for a chance to study for an award. Not access to staff facilities. Part of uni should be preparing you for the real world. You actually can't go where you want and do whatever you want in society. You want to go somewhere else? Go.

    ReplyDelete
  22. by the end of 2011, there won't be any international students in the language department.

    ReplyDelete
  23. "By the end of 1996, no Australian children will be living in poverty." --- Robert Lee Hawke

    ReplyDelete
  24. Only bullies can go where they want and do whatever they want in society until the minute their power expires. If "You actually can't go where you want and do whatever you want in society" is what you believe in, then don't pretend this is a democracy.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Didn't realise how segregated the uni has become. It's so un-Australian and narrow-minded to go on like this. How many classes are there at the UoN? The lecturers, the local students and the foreign students? In most other countries including developing ones things have become much more egalitarian. In the days of unisex fashion and mass education, this sort of sentiment is pretty shocking and has a ring of the white-America of the 1950s to it. With this sort of closet racists in power, no wonder the place is a mess. But why all this high-sounding rhetoric on the webpage, making out this is a world-class educational institution?

    ReplyDelete
  26. It does sound like the place is full of the undesirable type. Doe they screen the staff for their attitude to students when they hire them? I wouldn't want my daughter to get a degree in a place like that.

    ReplyDelete
  27. If the economic agenda of the uni prevails, e.g. the vc and his deputies and the pvcs are paid big bonuses for the increased earnings, then all staff should have a share of those millions and i read on the uni web that they have some 80 million dollars in the bank. It's the staff who have done the bulk of the work. Why not give everyone 10,000 dollars for Xmas and an iphone 4 each? It would only seem fair. THEY are the ones who have had to cope with overcrowding in the classrooms and increased workloads.

    ReplyDelete
  28. A very good idea!

    ReplyDelete
  29. It looks like state socialism is much fairer than what we have at the uon.

    ReplyDelete
  30. It sounds like a very backward place.

    ReplyDelete
  31. It's a very sad place to work when your colleagues gang up against you like a pack of wolves and you supervisor looks on and does nothing. If you are slightly different from the rest like me, you've had it.

    ReplyDelete
  32. The $10,000 bonus pay and the iPhone for Xmas are great ideas. It will be a perfect de-stresser. People CAN be bribed out of their misery temporarily. Why do we claim them?

    ReplyDelete
  33. One very effective weapon of keeping control of things at the disposal of the bullies is blacklisting people with new staff so when your new colleagues refuse to talk to you, you know you have been denied your assumed innocence and have bugger all chance of breaking out of your isolation. Time to move on or face oblivion.

    ReplyDelete
  34. For years I've been shunned by all new comers as one who will ruin their chances of survival if they ever seen fraternise with me. This is one of the reasons why I hate this place. Things have so much worse after I made a complaint about a boss to a member of senior management following a bullying incident. I lost, as if that wasn't devastating enough. I have also been blacklisted by this psychopath in power who have connived with the bully I made the complaint against and he's been thriving. I feel crushed for life.

    ReplyDelete
  35. The dogs are barking. Why would a handsome young man's career skyrocket like that? Prof Lois Bryson's protege, John Germov's supersonic career rise continued despite complaints about his book editing debut "Second Opinion"? Gosh, despite his years at university, Germov did not seem to realise how to reference another's ideas. He wrote a whole chapter using sociology icon, Bob Connell's published and well known ideas on health. The book's idea began with Germov's collaboration with Connell, but the icon pulled out, leaving Germov at the editing helm of "Second Opinion". Have a look at the first edition, Germov's chapter synthesises Connell's ideas but does not acknowledge their source. Later editions have one end note recognising Connell.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "....book's idea began with Germov's collaboraton with Connell...." sounds like a Bryson-Germov spin story ! Yes of course he pestered the hell out of Connell seeking joint work but that was just chasing after recognition from a big name not "collaboration".

      Delete
    2. ECU professor sacked for 'misconduct'
      http://www.oneperth.com.au/2012/03/09/ecu-professor-sacked-for-serious-misconduct/

      CHRIS THOMSON

      EXCLUSIVE: An Associate Professor of Edith Cowan University’s School of Computer & Security Science was last year sacked for alleged serious misconduct relating to accusations he did not credit co-authors.

      Before he was fired on January 11 last year, Associate Professor Dongguang Li (pictured) had worked at ECU since September 1995.

      A Fair Work Australia decision published today reveals Dr Li’s employment was terminated on the alleged grounds of serious misconduct.

      This was after ECU accused him of plagiarising five papers and misleading the university as to their authorship.

      In today's decision, Fair Work Australia Deputy President Brendan McCarthy considered ECU had mischaracterised the plagiarism allegations.

      INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
      Mr McCarthy considered the allegations were related more to who held intellectual property over the papers.
      Before Mr McCarthy, ECU contended Dr Li had published papers solely under his own name when clearly others had been involved in the research.

      Dr Li claimed he had been solely responsible for researching and writing the papers and that the research and papers had been stolen from him.
      He also argued that some of the papers published in his name had not been intended to be published or were published without his consent.

      “I do not consider Li’s conduct to be acts of plagiarism but rather a failure to follow academic authorship standards and protocols,” Mr McCarthy noted.
      However, he did consider Dr Li was not the sole person involved in researching or developing the papers.

      ACTS OF PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT
      Mr McCarthy therefore found that Dr Li had committed acts of professional misconduct.

      However, when ECU held a Misconduct Committee hearing into the matter Dr Li was not present.

      This occurred because he had gone to China in contravention of an ECU direction that he remain in Perth while the matter was being investigated.

      Mr McCarthy considered Dr Li should have stayed in Perth, but that the hearing should not have been conducted until he returned.

      He therefore found ECU did not give Dr Li a proper opportunity to explain his conduct.

      “I find that Li did engage in conduct … constituting misconduct of such a nature that there was a valid reason for his dismissal,” Mr McCarthy noted.

      BOTCHED HEARING
      However, Mr McCarthy found the dismissal was unfair because the Misconduct Committee procedure had been flawed.

      “I do not consider that reinstatement is appropriate in this case,” Mr McCarthy noted.

      “I regard the relationship as being soured to the point of it being unrecoverable.”

      Mr McCarthy ordered ECU to pay Dr Li compensation of two months pay.

      “But for the inadequacy of the Misconduct Committee procedures, I would have found that the dismissal was not unfair,” Mr McCarthy noted.

      “Had Li been able to provide his explanations I doubt that the result would have been different, namely that his employment would nevertheless have been terminated.”

      Delete
    3. It looks like the UoN has very different standards in dealing plagiarism.

      Delete
    4. It seems an alleged plagiarist at Newcastle can be given multiple promotions. This might be the difference.

      Delete
    5. The story about the ECU is amazing. In my case, in 2003 I reported a UoN (Ourimbah Campus, School of Environmental and Life Sciences) academic staff member for publishing the data of a project that I was Chief Investigator, and that was undertaken largely by an Honors student, in 4 separate publications without acknowledgement to either me or the student. In 2009, in the IRC the UoN acknowledged that the academic did in fact fail to acknowledge me and the student, and he was counselled! Soon after I was TERMINATED and he was PROMOTED. Wow what a difference between UoN and ECU.

      Delete
    6. Poor Professor Li of ECU! He was at the wrong university. If he had been here, he would have been a PVC by now.

      Delete
  36. The protegees of Prof Lois Bryson in the 90s are having their day of Nietsche-like triumph - yes evil is relative they parrot. But not really their victims rightly say. Pity the little children! Pedophilia is ok they told students of social science disciplines including psychology, education, social work and nursing. Terry Leahy's PhD questions pedophilia's stigmatization. Bryson supervised Leahy in this dissertation. In it, Leahy built a case defending pedophiles as victims of a deluded system. News broke in 1996 about the department giving out lecture notes defending pedophiles. Leahy was appointed department head the following year. Another Bryson protegee with a skyrocketing career trajectory, Kerry Carrington hounded Newcastle police accusing them of involvement in the rape and murder of Stockton Beach school girl, Leigh Leigh. Carrington's accusations mounted over the years in academic publications and the media. The NSW Crime Commssion revisited the case. Carrington became hysterical during the commission's hearing. Perhaps it was because the only proof she could present was that she heard of police involvement from a schizophrenic who was now dead?

    ReplyDelete
  37. Pub: SUN HERALD
    Pubdate: 26-May-1996
    Edition: Late
    Section: News
    Subsection:
    Page: 9
    Wordcount: 399



    Fears of academic witch hunt
    By CANDACE SUTTON
    POLICE have handed over the study notes of two sociology lecturers to the Wood royal commission, following a complaint by a colleague.

    Documents from lectures about attitudes to "intergenerational sex" and "the culture of sexual minorities", taught by Newcastle University academics Terry Leahy and Jim Wafer, have been handed to the commission's response unit after a fellow lecturer gave the material to Newcastle Police.

    Dr Leahy, who refused to speak to The Sun-Herald, created controversy in academic circles in 1991 with his PhD thesis, Negotiating Stigma: ApproachesTo Intergenerational Sex, which questioned whether pedophile activity shouldbe regarded as deviant.

    Mr Wafer, who is overseas, lectures on the Culture of Sexual Minorities at Newcastle's Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

    Dr Barry Morris, acting department head at Newcastle University, said hefound the notions of censorship raised by the investigation into his lecturer's teachings "more disturbing than what they are actually teaching".

    According to a copy obtained by The Sun-Herald of reading notes for the subject SOCA 223, which he taught in 1995, Mr Wafer lectures that pedophilia is a common and accepted historical phenomenon, from the ancient Greeks to native tribes, both ancient and modern and including Australian Aborigines.

    The reading notes include a paper called Thinking Sex: Notes For A Radical Theory Of The Politics Of Sexuality by American academic Gayle S Rubin who argues: "Boy lovers are so stigmatised that is difficult to find defenders for their civil liberties, let alone for their erotic orientation. Consequently, the police have feasted on them."

    Detective Sergeant Peter Huxley, of the Newcastle Child Protection Investigation Unit, said while the lecture material "was not against the law" it might have an insidious influence on young students.

    NSW University Sociology Department head, Dr Jan Daniel, said Dr Leahy had caused consternation among colleagues with his paper on "intergenerational" sex written for the Australia And New Zealand Journal Of Sociology.

    Dr Daniel said: "Some sociologists would say that sex with children is not a proper topic for research."

    However, Dr Gary Dowsett, sociology lecturer at Macquarie University, said the notion of censoring academic research was alarming.

    "What I am concerned about in this debate is the academic freedom to criticise, research and teach," he said.

    ReplyDelete
  38. My experience as a PhD candidate was shocking. If I had done my research, I would never have enrolled in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. They seriously argue Nietsche's basis for fascism - evil is relative. I had to leave from the stress of insidiously sadistic and well organised bullying. Although I could prove bullying,Terry English the dean at the time tut tutted but in effect did little. Defenders of pedophilia; false accusers of police in the rape/murder of Leigh Leigh and, John Germov, the editor of "Second Opinion" who forgot the basics of referencing, continue to enjoy flourishing careers.

    ReplyDelete
  39. In the 1990s, I attended a meeting of postgraduates complaining of being bullied or in some way exploited or tricked in their candidature. this meeting gained publicity in the Newcastle Herald and talked about "shabby treatment of postgraduates". The group of postgraduates filled Callaghan campus's canteen and was organised by the union. Nothing happened to solve my problems.All academic "friendships" stopped once I became subject to the bullying. No one cared. it was extremely traumatic as I travelled from interstate to do a PhD and was isolated and without support. One staff member who I made friends with me told me she could not see me anymore as she feared being seen with me in public at the university was affecting her career - she was also starting to experience career threatening bullying. She talked to me one or twice by phone after this and told me that once she stopped seeing me, the bullying stopped.

    ReplyDelete
  40. I wonder what the "world-renowned" sociologist's other "16 books" (Nick Saunders) are like. Did the Uni know these allegation before appointing him to the big job? There were candidates from the G8 for the job!

    Maybe Germov can organise a public display of his works so we can decide what calibre he really is. That will go some way towards correcting the above "comments", which is not good for the reputation of the Uni.

    Remember the recent departure of an European minister for plagiarising other people's work in his PhD thesis? We need leaders who are positive role models for our children.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Nick Saunders was either lying or inumerate. In either case, he was guilty of dishonest marketing. Until today, half a year after his announcement of Germov's "16 books", the guy's only published 14 books and none is in the A1 category (book by research). Most of them are co-authored A3 and A4 books which attract only half a point by the ARC's auditing system; a C1 article is worth 1 full point and twice as much weighting as any of Germov's A3 and A4 books. If the government ever introduced a tax on lying and dishonest marketing, this place would be a great revenue for it.

      Delete
  41. A friend told me how in his department people get money to pay for their publications after they get a research grant worth hundreds of thousands. This is unheard of in the metropolitan universities where you only publish if your work is publishable. Why is UoN different? Isn't it a government-funded uni like the rest? I'm concerned about how the tax-payers money is spent or wasted.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Anonymous who commented on November 8, 2011 12:48 PM, I totally sympathise with you. Your experience has been every bit mine and I've been a tenured member of staff who's been totally ostracised. Life must have been hell for a powerless student. I think that is why a forum like this one helps to bring these ugly things to the surface so people know what has been going on. Let's hope some of the bullies are reading the comments too. The place has got to change for it to survive.

    ReplyDelete
  43. 16 books? Someone is making a bold claim here. I suppose no one is taxed in this country for boasting, but this is too good to be true. How old is the man?

    I have often been told that by the time I retire at 60, I should be very happy with one solid book by research published by one of the reputable uni presses. Of course, I don't mean one that costs $7,500 in printing costs.

    Textbooks don't count because they are simply not in the same category and for decades in the past, no one could get an ARC grant to fund a textbook. The rules have obviously changed. What do you expect these days?

    ReplyDelete
  44. A very colourful past leading to a very promising future!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Just a correction to a little mistake made by Anonymous who contributed on November 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM. It was Brian English, not Terry English. I saw Brian at Westfield the other day and he looked very well.

    ReplyDelete
  46. The UoN should be much better than most - it claims to be no. 9 in research so it needs to set a good example for those behind it.

    ReplyDelete
  47. One wonders how big these guys' mansions are.

    ReplyDelete
  48. When one looks at the history of a department/school/faculty, one gets a sense of why they are the way they are.

    ReplyDelete
  49. One may also get scared.

    ReplyDelete
  50. One may be very scared of what one finds out.

    ReplyDelete
  51. A plagiarist is someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own. Thesaurus ONLINE

    ReplyDelete
  52. 16 books? Wasn't Emerson who said all a man can say fits on to half a page and the rest is application. The man in question must know even more than the very modest Emerson and what are the outcomes of his application? Well, the supersonic rise is one great one for himself.

    ReplyDelete
  53. What is the uon going to do about the allegation of plagiarism here? It sounds very serious.

    ReplyDelete
  54. The guy should be stood down and an investigation should be conducted into the alleged plagiarism. That is the only right thing to do to restore staff confidence in the uon.

    ReplyDelete
  55. I think community confidence in the uni is at a critical point.

    ReplyDelete
  56. The uni doesn't care. The couple of blokes making decisions carry on as if no one is watching.

    ReplyDelete
  57. If I were the guy, I would have resigned a long time ago, pending an investigation.

    ReplyDelete
  58. My favourite show is the emperor's new clothes.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Yes thank you Anonymous, I meant Brian English. Typos! Brian looked very well? Not surprised, all cashed up and looking forward to years of being so. Wonder what little power deals await him?

    Also another little typo just picked up. It is Nietzsche. The Nazis' fave philosopher.

    Dear old Nietzsche, one of the faves of the network of strangely promoted far beyond capability that has drawn bitter complaints about bullying and harassment. Could be how their curiously skyrocketing careers sky rocketed?

    Google Kerry Carrington - despite her many vitriolic rantings and ravings that brought her a reputation as a bully, she is self promoting herself as the champion of victims of bullying. Carrington is also a department head in law at QUT. Lucky she was not prosecuted when she pursued police all those years.

    Carrington is still banging the Leigh Leigh police involvement drum. Incredible. Whatever happened to credibility and prosecution for making un-evidenced accusations publicly and I mean publicly - TV, radio, newspapers, academic conferences, university classrooms etc etc... even in a play?

    ReplyDelete
  60. How about our dear Terry that you got confused with Brain? Terry's career rise has been nothing short of glorious, making research inroads into several religions and that's something that I've always marvelled at. How come many of us ordinary mortals don't cross borders with as much deftness.

    ReplyDelete
  61. Hi there Anonymous of November 13, 2011, 5;04PM. After reading your words above, I will Google Terry Leahy just to see the marvels delivered to the author of the empirically flawed PhD thesis that pedophilia should not be stigmatised. Yet after an inexplicable pass mark for his doctorate, Leahy has risen to great heights err.. you are kidding surely... researching religion?

    DOCS is bursting at the seams with the psychic casualties of child sex abuse. UoN apparartchiks seem not to have heard of the rules of empirical validity, research ethics and academic misconduct. Leahy's defence of pedophiles flies in the face of a mountain of stats of child sex abuse victims suffering extreme psychic destruction.

    Against this mountain, Leahy's argument is based on 19 reports gathered by soliciting through an underground gay newsletter for positive childhood experiences with pedophiles. Does Leahy prove that the 19 who contacted him are nice, happy, well adjusted people making positive contributions to society? Did the 19 go on to want to have sex with children? If so, did they leave children they had sex with feeling happy and well adjusted to go on to lead happy and fulfilled lives?

    In reality, Leahy defends bullies, sneaks and liars who exploit children's vulnerabilities. In terms of rules of empirical break throughs, it is inexplicable - success and fortune despite Leahy's failure to grasp fundamentals. Inexplicably, in terms of academic standards, Leahy is heavily supported at the university.

    Just how many UoN academics and hierarchy secretly support pedophilia as a venal form of bullying? If we only knew, it might explain the inexplicable success of Terry Leahy.

    ReplyDelete
  62. The Terry above sound like he does pioneering research. Congratulations Terry. We actually meant the other Terry, the one who does research on radical feminism in Islam. That's definitely pioneering work at Newcastle. It should make an interesting comparison with Christianity.

    ReplyDelete
  63. When you have to go to your head of department for approval for things big and small and he's your competitor, what do you expect? He'll make sure you'll never get there and he has all the power and resources to do so. What sort a system is this? Scary stuff.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Colourful Newcastle University!

    ReplyDelete
  65. High Distinction for Newcastle for taking on the bullies!!!! Greetings from America!

    ReplyDelete
  66. On Thursday 17 November, in the Workers Compensation Commission, the University of Newcastle Insurer accepted full liability for the injuries that Michelle Adams suffered as a result of the bullying and harassment at the University of Newcastle. She no longer can work and has lost more than just her career. What is the University going to do to those staff members who did this to her? I guess nothing, the University seems too busy trying to block information on anti bullying, rather then doing anything to the people who use their power to destroy other people's lives. Perhaps if NSW had the same laws as Victoria then true justice could prevail. In the meantime, I hope people at the University of Newcastle who have been treated like Michelle Adams take her example and fight to the end. She always said "the truth will win."

    ReplyDelete
  67. The above is the most significant victory for the bullied, for those who have suffered silently for too long and those who have had their careers destroyed for exposing plagiarism and other forms misconduct. What is the UoN going to do with all the other cases of bullying and horrendous injustice?

    ReplyDelete
  68. Hi folks here is a rundown of the modus operandi of the self-proclaimed champion of victims of bullying, Kerry Carrington. Question is why hasn't she been prosecuted for making so many false allegations and her relentless destruction of people's lives over the years? She has cost taxpayers a mint and done a huge amount of damage. Weird but true, she now heads a department in law at QUT.

    Pub: Sydney Morning Herald
    Pubdate: Tuesday 09th of February 1999
    Edition: Late
    Copyright:
    Section: News And Features
    Subsection:
    Page: 6
    Wordcount: 474
    Classification:
    Crime/Murder/Individual Murder Cases
    Law/Police/Malpractice
    Geographic area:
    Nsw
    Leigh witness claims `set-up'
    By KATE McCLYMONT
    As she was led sobbing from the witness box at the Police Integrity Commission yesterday morning, Associate Professor Kerry Carrington yelled at a PIC investigator helping her from the stand: "You bastard, you set me up."

    Professor Carrington, head of the criminology department at the University of Western Sydney and author of the book Who Killed Leigh Leigh?, was being cross-examined about allegations she raised concerning police misconduct during the investigation of the murder of the 14-year-old schoolgirl.

    The commission heard that on the Today Show on November 5 last year, Professor Carrington raised an allegation about police sexually assaulting a young woman at the same party Ms Leigh attended before her murder on the night of November 3, 1989.

    "The nature of the allegation is that a girl at the party was raped by a police officer that night," she told the show.

    In response to questioning from Ms Alison Stenmark, counsel for the NSW Police Service, Professor Carrington said it was not her allegation and she did not claim to know whether it was true, only that her sources were credible.

    She said that Herald journalist Greg Bearup had been her most credible source and that she was only repeating what he had already published. Bearup had told her he had confirmed the story.

    When asked why she had made no mention of this before, Professor Carrington became upset, saying: "I didn't want to put Greg in it."
    She then successfully sought an adjournment and, as Mr Martin Voyez, a senior investigator with the commission, crossed the room to help her from the witness box, she accused him of setting her up.

    Under cross-examination by Mr Clive Steirn, SC, counsel for Sergeant Lance Chaffey, it was put to Professor Carrington that her real motive in making allegations against the police was to sell copies of her book.

    "I take great offence to that," she replied.

    The commission heard that on June 1, 1995, Professor Carrington suggested to a radio interviewer that Sergeant Chaffey should be asked why the police hadn't charged anyone else with the murder or rape of Ms Leigh. Mr Steirn asked Professor Carrington whether she knew that the Director of Public Prosecutions, not the police, was responsible for an indictable offence.

    Pressed as to what had prevented her from contacting the DPP, Professor Carrington got permission to write her answer. After reading it, Mr Steirn accused her of making it up "to protect your incompetence", which Professor Carrington denied.

    During the course of the day's evidence, Commissioner Paul Urquhart threatened to charge people in the public gallery with contempt if they continued shouting comments.

    The inquiry continues.

    Caption:
    Illus: Prof Carrington . . . sobbed

    ReplyDelete
  69. Hi folks here is more on the curiously self-proclaimed defender of victims of bullying Kerry Carrington...

    Pub: Sydney Morning Herald
    Pubdate: Thursday 04th of February 1999
    Edition: Late
    Copyright:
    Section: News And Features
    Subsection:
    Page: 6
    Wordcount: 318
    Classification:
    Crime/Murder/Individual Murder Cases
    Law/Police/Malpractice
    Geographic area:
    Nsw
    Newcastle

    Leigh author granted witness-box reprieve
    By KATE McCLYMONT
    A crucial witness at the Police Integrity Commission investigating the murder of Newcastle schoolgirl Leigh Leigh was excused from giving evidence yesterday after a secret hearing accepted medical evidence that she was unable to take the witness box.

    Associate Professor Kerry Carrington, who wrote the book Who Killed Leigh Leigh?, gave evidence last week and was to be cross-examined on Tuesday over her allegations that police had raped young girls during their investigation into the 1989 murder of the 14-year-old.

    Yesterday, Commissioner Urquhart said that after hearing her doctor's evidence under oath late on Tuesday night he had decided to defer calling Professor Carrington until Monday.

    She had presented a medical certificate on Tuesday, which the commission refused to accept.

    In her absence, the commission has heard evidence from one of Professor Carrington's sources, Mr Francis Demanuel, a social worker. He told the commission that while working at a youth refuge one of his young clients had told him her friend had been molested by police.

    While he admitted he might have used the word "rape" at the end of last year when he spoke to Dr Carrington, as she then was, he denied telling her that she had been raped by police at the party on the night of the murder.

    He also denied ever having a file or telling Professor Carrington it "didn't make pretty reading". However, in previous evidence, which was made public on Tuesday, Mr Demanuel denied passing on similar information to a male Herald reporter.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Here is more on the ruination of others and lies of Kerry Carrington who began her climb to academic heights at UoN as a stable mate of the new PVC, John Germov...

    Murder book offends chief investigator
    KATE McCLYMONT
    The head of the Leigh Leigh murder investigation said he was offended by a Sydney criminologist's claim that police did not care about the 14-year-old girl's rape, the Police Integrity Commission heard yesterday.

    Detective Sergeant Lance Chaffey was commenting on claims made by Associate Professor Kerry Carrington in her book Who Killed Leigh Leigh?

    In the preface, Professor Carrington wrote: "The rape didn't matter to the police investigation. The rape didn't matter to the prosecutor or the judge . . . to the Ombudsman . . . to the Wood Royal Commission . . . to the NSW Crime Commission. But I don't know any women who think rape doesn't matter."

    Sergeant Chaffey said he found the claim that rape didn't matter "offensive".

    He said Matthew Webster was charged with raping the girl but when he pleaded guilty to her murder the Crown prosecutor, not the police, decided to drop the rape charge.

    He said a particular juvenile was not charged with sexually assault because there was no evidence. He was eventually charged with carnal knowledge.

    The hearing was told that in the five years Professor Carrington researched her book she never approached Sergeant Chaffey or other Newcastle detectives.

    During the hearing it has been alleged that police assaulted suspects and withheld evidence from the court. Sergeant Chaffey said he was not aware of any police misconduct during the murder investigation.

    The inquiry continues today with the cross-examination of Professor Carrington.

    ReplyDelete
  71. More on Kerry Carrington's inexplicable climb up the academic ladder..

    Pub: Sydney Morning Herald
    Pubdate: Friday 29th of January 1999
    Edition: Late
    Copyright:
    Section: News And Features
    Subsection:
    Page: 3
    Wordcount: 442
    Classification:
    Crime/Murder/Individual Murder Cases
    Law/Police/Malpractice
    Geographic area:
    Newcastle
    Nsw


    `Evidence' claims on Leigh murder come under fire
    By KATE McCLYMONT
    The "evidence" of a Sydney author and academic that other people were involved in the murder of Newcastle teenager Leigh Leigh in 1989 was attacked at the Police Integrity Commission yesterday.

    Associate Professor Kerry Carrington, the author of the book Who Killed Leigh Leigh, has previously told media outlets that she had "prima facie evidence" of the involvement of others in Ms Leigh's murder and that she knew their identities.

    For example, in 1995 she told the Today show: "I have a witness statement actually describing an account of who else was involved in the murder, in addition to Matthew Webster."

    That same year she told radio station 2HD that "there is definitely evidence of involvement of others in this hideous crime involving the brutal rape, torture and murder of this young girl".

    Matthew Webster, who pleaded guilty to Ms Leigh's murder, has told this inquiry into police misconduct he acted alone.

    Yesterday, Professor Carrington told the PIC that her evidence that there were was more than one killer was based on a statement which was handwritten, unsigned, and one page in length, which she had found in a Victim's Compensation file.

    When pressed by Commissioner Urquhart, she agreed that it was not a statement by someone who had witnessed the murder, just someone who had overheard others talking. She also agreed that she had never contacted this person.

    Mr Pat Barrett, counsel assisting, later asked Professor Carrington if she would be interested to know that the author of this statement had told the PIC on oath that he had no direct knowledge of the murder and he had just surmised that the self-confessed murderer, Matthew Webster, had not acted alone because he had "a weird feeling about it".

    Professor Carrington said she was unaware of a statement this same person had given to police where he told police his knowledge of the murder was based on what a girl had told him of what a boy had told her by another boy who'd heard from someone else what had occurred.

    Also challenged yesterday were Professor Carrington's claims that a police officer had raped a girl at the same party the night Leigh Leigh was murdered. Her source has told the commission he had never said a girl was raped by police at the party.

    Associate Professor Carrington, who is the head of the Critical Social Sciences and Criminology Department at the University of Western Sydney, will be recalled next Tuesday.

    ReplyDelete
  72. UoN spent a fortune through their legal Centre and on Kerry Carrington's wages during her vigilante and unevidenced pursuit of police...

    Pub: Sydney Morning Herald
    Pubdate: Tuesday 09th of February 1999
    Edition: Late
    Copyright:
    Section: News And Features
    Subsection:
    Page: 6
    Wordcount: 474
    Classification:
    Crime/Murder/Individual Murder Cases
    Law/Police/Malpractice
    Geographic area:
    Nsw
    Leigh witness claims `set-up'
    By KATE McCLYMONT
    As she was led sobbing from the witness box at the Police Integrity Commission yesterday morning, Associate Professor Kerry Carrington yelled at a PIC investigator helping her from the stand: "You bastard, you set me up."

    Professor Carrington, head of the criminology department at the University of Western Sydney and author of the book Who Killed Leigh Leigh?, was being cross-examined about allegations she raised concerning police misconduct during the investigation of the murder of the 14-year-old schoolgirl.

    The commission heard that on the Today Show on November 5 last year, Professor Carrington raised an allegation about police sexually assaulting a young woman at the same party Ms Leigh attended before her murder on the night of November 3, 1989.

    "The nature of the allegation is that a girl at the party was raped by a police officer that night," she told the show.

    In response to questioning from Ms Alison Stenmark, counsel for the NSW Police Service, Professor Carrington said it was not her allegation and she did not claim to know whether it was true, only that her sources were credible.

    She said that Herald journalist Greg Bearup had been her most credible source and that she was only repeating what he had already published. Bearup had told her he had confirmed the story.

    When asked why she had made no mention of this before, Professor Carrington became upset, saying: "I didn't want to put Greg in it."
    She then successfully sought an adjournment and, as Mr Martin Voyez, a senior investigator with the commission, crossed the room to help her from the witness box, she accused him of setting her up.

    Under cross-examination by Mr Clive Steirn, SC, counsel for Sergeant Lance Chaffey, it was put to Professor Carrington that her real motive in making allegations against the police was to sell copies of her book.

    "I take great offence to that," she replied.

    The commission heard that on June 1, 1995, Professor Carrington suggested to a radio interviewer that Sergeant Chaffey should be asked why the police hadn't charged anyone else with the murder or rape of Ms Leigh. Mr Steirn asked Professor Carrington whether she knew that the Director of Public Prosecutions, not the police, was responsible for an indictable offence.

    Pressed as to what had prevented her from contacting the DPP, Professor Carrington got permission to write her answer. After reading it, Mr Steirn accused her of making it up "to protect your incompetence", which Professor Carrington denied.

    During the course of the day's evidence, Commissioner Paul Urquhart threatened to charge people in the public gallery with contempt if they continued shouting comments.

    The inquiry continues.

    Caption:
    Illus: Prof Carrington . . . sobbed

    ReplyDelete
  73. Indeed the UoN has served as a launching pad for many successful careers all over the world.

    ReplyDelete
  74. It goes to show that history is written by winners. s to how they won it, it's irrelevant.

    ReplyDelete
  75. It's also proof that many successes happen at the expense of others.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Success at any costs!

    ReplyDelete
  77. Are they not ashamed?

    ReplyDelete
  78. These guys are desperate so they have no shame.

    ReplyDelete
  79. I'm not going to look at my professors for a while because I may find something that scares me.

    ReplyDelete
  80. Speaking of skeletons in the cupboard....

    ReplyDelete
  81. What about investigating the credo of that publicity hound and bully Martin Barbakhan? He plagiarised the Bureau of Met's and NASA's websites for years to give Newcastle his "insights" into long term weather patterns. A habitual liar and source of long impassioned streams of toxic rants, he doesn't have a science degree. His diploma from the UN is equivalent to a PhD he says. Yet he could not teach students the calculus of meteorology. Marks were abysmal. Calculus is not that hard if you understand the concepts behind an equation. Come on. How on earth did he manage to stay at UoN despite complaints of bullying over they ears and poor marks? Could his boast that he threatened to expose the Dean of Science for dummying down if they sacked him have anything to do with it?

    ReplyDelete
  82. The above comments seem to say to me that the impossible happens at the UoN. Interesting place to work.

    ReplyDelete
  83. Definitely an interesting place to study.

    ReplyDelete
  84. A very interesting site which has attracted more than 25,000 viewers all around the world. A leader in the field!

    ReplyDelete
  85. This blog should be of interest to Campus Review.

    ReplyDelete
  86. This site is a million times better than Wikileaks because it comes out of the real suffering of its creators who are an inspiration.

    ReplyDelete
  87. What's happened to Affirmative Action at the UoN?

    ReplyDelete
  88. The existence of this site perhaps says it all about AA.

    ReplyDelete
  89. Bryson certainly favoured mediocre pets against the more talented staff and Germov reaped the rewards of this with governance being the easy path for academics who have little scholarly ability. He was donning the nice suits years before he ever managed to finish a PhD. Despite his ego he does not have "16 books" or "international reputation" for research and he has not even got the authored research book with a solid publisher that is the basic expectation from any early career academic. Perhaps the VC has a science background and does not understand any of this or just does not want know it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. John Germov's books number only 14 according to his officially audited UoN research profile. It's worth mentioning all 14 are textbooks and 9 out of the 14 are co-authored, some with two or three other people. So Nick Saunders, the then VC was actually dishonest in his media release, announcing the appointment of Germov as the new PVC of the Faculty of Education and Arts. We are still waiting for his A1 book with great interest!

      Delete
    2. Australia Research Council Calculation of Average Weighted Score

      Publication scores for individual publications are calculated using the weighted score below without the division by the number of authors. The publication score for a researcher in any one year is the sum of the individual publication scores.

      The sum of scores in each publication category are divided by 3 to arrive at an Average Weighted Score. The weightings applied for each category of publication are given below.

      Code Description Weight
      A BOOK
      A1 Authored - Research (A1) 5
      A2 Authored - Other (A2) 2
      A3 Edited (A3) 0.50
      A4 Revision/New Edition (A4) 0.50
      B CHAPTER IN BOOK
      B1 Chapter in A1 Book (B1) 1
      C JOURNAL ARTICLE
      C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (C1) 1
      C2 NonRefereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (C2)0.20
      C3 NonRefereed Article in a Professional Journal (C3) 0.10
      C4 Letter or Note (C4) 0.20
      E CONFERENCE PUBLICATION
      E1 Full Written Paper - Refereed (E1) 1
      E2 Full Written Paper - Non Refereed (E2) 0.20
      E3 Extract of Paper (E3) 0.10
      E4 Edited volume of Conference Proceedings (E4) 0.50

      Delete
  90. Yes he's a pretty boy...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a pity his actions are the opposite of prettiness.

      Delete
  91. Many colleagues know the other side of this pretty boy as AnonymousJan 9, 2012 05:25 PM commented.

    ReplyDelete
  92. The emperor in his new clothes!

    ReplyDelete
  93. The emperor in his new clothes!

    ReplyDelete
  94. I think this is definitely not the end of the skeletons coming out of John Germov's cupboard. The guy is a bullying master and has quite a few clever fellow bullies on his team. I heard the female bully in question has thrived even more after Germov became PVC for a 5-year term. She is apparently not a full professor (the full professors there don't have as much power if they don't play politics), but is very insulated with Germov in power. They operate like a pack of wolves and the staff there have either become completely silent (fear) to keep out of trouble, i.e. being set up by a pack of wolves or by selling out by aiding this pack of wolves. I know this too well from my experience there a couple of years ago. There's no hope for that place if they don't get rid of the scourge of bullies.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I gather this is the one who has a lot of expertise on "violence".

      Delete
  95. God forbid, but if my child failed to come home from school one day I hope the likes of Lance Chaffey are still around...

    ReplyDelete
  96. Interesting news. The UoN now has 4 full professors of Sociology. That is 3 more than Sydney, which only has one.

    I'd better have a look to see what strengths they have.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. One is an expert on "violence".

      Delete
    2. This probably where the new VC's is vision and investment lies!

      Newcastle is the most fitting site for the study of violence considering the thriving of the business of bullying and bullies there.

      Delete
  97. One is an expert bully and I speak as a victim.

    ReplyDelete
  98. What sort of person mush you be to be promoted by the DVC (A&GR)?

    ReplyDelete
  99. You have to be a bully yourself, haven't you to come to prominence in that place?

    ReplyDelete
  100. We heard from a friend that the School of Humanities and Social science has just appointed a Professor of History in Violence Studies.

    Since bullying is an insidious form of violence (emotional, psychological, physical, verbal, etc.) and it is widespread in that School, the Professor should make his own school the focal point of his research into violence.

    This would lead to the desperately needed university-wide reform of the work culture at the UoN.

    Therein, lies the social relevance of research and justification for government funding and we'd donate money to support his team.

    ReplyDelete
  101. Anonymous August 17, 2012 6:23 AM

    Thanks for the insight. This is definitely a new development on the plagiarism front in that faculty.

    It is further proof that the fish rots from the head.

    It was already very sus when the new professor of history was promoted to associated professor only two years ago. That is another one of those rocket rises of that faculty.

    The UoN will be forced to investigate allegations of plagiarism soon.

    ReplyDelete
  102. The UoN itself will be investigated for plagiarism again.

    ReplyDelete
  103. Anonymous August 17, 2012 6:23 AM

    Please give us the name of the French journal review.

    It is in the interest of the public to know what's going on.


    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ouch! Someone's feeling the pinch.

      The comment (Anonymous August 17, 2012 6:23 AM) about the French journal article review a couple of years ago that tore into the new "professor" for plagiarism has been removed.

      Why?

      The mind just boggles.

      Delete
    2. Books on Napaleon and violence must have filled several shopping centres by now.

      Interesting someone at Newcastle thinks he can beat the French in analysing their own psyche and the Brits and the yanks for that matter.

      A bit of foreign borrowing seems inevitable. We just need to do it subtly.

      Delete
    3. You guys got my curious about the new "professor" so I had a look and saw that he's only ever supervised one Master's thesis and there's not a single PhD!

      And he is a professor?

      Newcastle have set a new low in professorial appointments!

      Most associate lecturers even at Newcastle have more than that to prove they are worth their pay checks.

      Delete
    4. He's in good company. By the time his head of school was promoted to asso/prof and pvc was promoted to professor, THEY'd only just supervised one phd and nothing else.

      That school is most definitely a standard bearer of a sort.

      Delete
    5. This blogsite is a treasure trove of info about what is actually going on in a regional university.

      The stuff for a badly needed TV sitcom, considering the higher education sector is worth billions in this country.

      Delete
    6. Gee, I'd be a big professor if I were in that school. I have supervised three PhDs and I'm still a lecturer. Well, I should consider myself fortunate that the university I work for has high standards.

      Delete
    7. Here you go ................

      http://www.h-france.net/vol5reviews/olejniczak.html

      Delete
  104. How much longer can John Germov pretend that plagiarism doesn't exist in his Faculty?School?

    We strongly recommend that he start with examining his own books for evidence of plagiarism.

    A good initiative would be for him to set up Turnitin to screen all staff publications to prevent further allegations of plagiarism.

    When lecturers are not clean themselves, how can they peach academic integrity to students?!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It might be that someone drinks way too much to notice something like that.

      Delete
  105. One doesn't fail to register the significance of the large gathering of experts on "violence" at the UoN.



    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It can't be an accident, can it?!

      Delete
  106. What about an investigation into the vanity press publications?

    Those books are really trashy that no one wants to read so their authors, desperate for a promotion, get $5000 uni money to publish them.

    I wouldn't even pay 10 cents for them.

    ReplyDelete
  107. It's shocking how academie has sunken into the pits like this.

    I heard this place has exported quite a few bullies to other institutions of higher education in this country.

    I hope foreign countries are fortifying their borders to keep Newcastle bullies out.

    It's a disgrace.

    ReplyDelete
  108. Call for volunteers and participants:

    Research Theme: Violence and Bullying in the School of Humanities and Social Science

    Violence and bullying, emotional and psychological, has been rampant in the School of Humanities and Social Science, yet it is little understood.

    This research project will examine the deep and complex history of violence and bullying in the academic context of the School from the mid 2000 to the present day. Our interdisciplinary studies will cross disciplinary boundaries. It will develop a conceptual framework for the understanding of this sickness and crime.

    The expected outcomes include increased public awareness of violence and bullying in that school for the good of the university and the Hunter community.

    ReplyDelete
  109. I was talking to a well-known local professional about the uni yesterday and he said he'd heard so much the bullying there that he'd never send his children there for a degree for fear of them being bullied.

    ReplyDelete
  110. Professors, associate professors, etc. Give me a break! Many of us know a thing or two about how they were promoted.

    Their mindset, the ideologies they propagate, their bullying and silencing of colleagues who are ethical and refuse to play their games makes them nothing but a bunch of bogans.

    The school in question is a typical bogan land dressed up as an academic department.

    ReplyDelete
  111. I friend drew my attention to this blog which makes really interesting reading. I've never had so much fun! I thought people went to uni to be educated - I'm educated all right after reading the comments here. The educators here sound highly questionable if what is revealed here is all true.

    I've never known a public educational institution to be indulged in such monkey business. The intrigues, the politics, the in fighting and the racism, etc. Some of the stuff makes me feel as if it was a school yard, but a lot of it is deadly serious. It paints a picture of a mafia-like place rather than a university.

    I now have some idea of why the society is the way it is and why young people behave the way they do. There's got to be a connection here. It's a real worry.

    ReplyDelete
  112. Dedicated to John Germov and the Faculty under his deanship:

    "Who does not know the truth, is simply a fool...yet who Knows the truth and calls it a lie, is a criminal."

    - In Galileo Galilei by Berthold Brecht (1898-1956)

    ReplyDelete
  113. Newcastle leads the way in revealing what's actually going on in an Australian university. One wonders why the government has started an investigation.

    ReplyDelete
  114. The theology program in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the UoN is funded by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. Please look at ABC's Lateline report and and see why some of us are concerned about who’s teaching our children.
    ________________________________
    Anglican priests defrocked over abuse claims
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-10/three-anglican-priests-defrocked/4252742
    By Giselle Wakatama
    Updated Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:22am AEST
    Video: Three Anglican priests defrocked (Lateline)
    Newcastle's Anglican Bishop Brian Farran has defrocked three priests over child sex allegations, including a member of the upper echelons of the church.
    Bishop Farran has acted on an Anglican Professional Standards Board recommendation to defrock the revered former dean of Newcastle, Graeme Lawrence, along with reverends Bruce Hoare and Andrew Duncan.
    The board found there was misconduct in relation to several sexual allegations.
    Bishop Farran announced the defrockings to the ABC.
    "There will be people in Newcastle who will be extraordinarily angry with me, but unfortunately the processes must be followed," he said.
    Bishop Farran fought back tears as he explained his decision.
    "The Professional Standards Board considered some very disturbing material and determined that some of the respondents engaged in sexual misconduct, including misconduct when the complainant was a child," he said.
    Another priest, Reverend Graeme Sturt, received an order banning him from exercising any ministry for five years.
    A former church worker has also been prevented from holding any lay office in the church.
    Compelled
    The priests have previously denied all the allegations.
    None of the five men gave evidence to the professional standards hearing and no criminal charges were laid.
    The matter has been referred to the police for reinvestigation.
    Bishop Farran says he felt compelled to act, acknowledging calls for a royal commission into clergy abuse.
    "I think there should be an open inquiry, absolutely, I think in order for the church to have a sense of regaining its credibility within the community."
    But Former Newcastle mayor John McNaughton, who has been a lay assistant with the church for 60 years and a strong supporter of the former dean, says it is a disgraceful outcome.
    "And it's been disgraceful the whole way through," he said.
    "I think they can't make a priest not a priest, and the people who look to Father Graeme Lawrence for their counselling and religious instruction and so on will continue to do so, myself included."
    Topics: anglicans, sexual-offences, child-abuse, newcastle-2300
    First posted Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:30pm AEST

    ReplyDelete
  115. A victim of UoNOctober 18, 2012 11:40 PM left a comment on the post called Rape vs Bullying and it reads as follows:

    I think that dark and dirty place needs a serious clean-up specially the school of biomedical science and pharmacy. I do believe that there is no-where on this planet worse that University of Newcastle, the weakest and sickest management system ever on this planet, with the help and assistance of professional bullies who are waiting for a good ethical persons to break them down, destroy, bully, rape them mentally and psychologically.
    I feel sorry for Caroline McMillen,the VC of UoN, and her job is the last position on this planet that I wish to get.
    I just think we have to ask government to take a serious action for that business company named literally university of Newcastle.
    I am too embrassed to say to my family and friends that I was an ex-student in that dirty place. Such a shame and such a waste of time, talent, energy and mental integrity...

    An an ex-student of the School of Humanities and Social Science, I absolutely concur with her, only that my comment concerns this other school, where the problems are a million times worse. The real worry is the new VC has put the chief of that Faculty/School in charge of her new directions initiative, which makes us wonder what direction she's taking the uni? Is it the same as the dark past that she's supposed to be cleaning up?

    ReplyDelete
  116. 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”.

    ReplyDelete
  117. Germov was also accused of plagiarism a few years ago for some writing he did on the sociology of health. It was very quickly covered up and this earned him the name of "The Teflon Man". His rapid rise in promotion was aided by some very significant insider movers.

    ReplyDelete
  118. John Germov shamefully ended my career and studies too. The systematic expulsion of anyone who speaks out is atrocious. How many more lives will this man be allowed to ruin? It's a shame that I feel the need to post this as anonymous. With great power comes great fear of those who wield it to destroy and silence. I wish there was some way to bring together those of us who have been damaged and be heard by someone who cares and has the power to change things. But no one seems able to bring these people to account.

    ReplyDelete
  119. John Germov took over from another problematic HoD during a period where my career and studies were destroyed because of shameless corruption under his watch.

    ReplyDelete
  120. It's over two years since this website exposed fast tracked careers despite evidence of remorseless & cruel behaviour. John Germov is still PVC, Terry Leahy whose PhD argues that it is a problem to make pedophilia out as a problem is still a senior lecturer and they are all still drawing fat pay checks. The fight UoN put up to defend academics defending pedophiles is extraordinary in light of the evidence of child bride suicides and the way child victims' psyches remain shattered. Here is another article exposing problems with normal academic standards at that august institution:

    Pub: SUN HERALD
    Pubdate: 26-May-1996
    Edition: Late
    Section: News
    Subsection:
    Page: 9
    Wordcount: 399



    Fears of academic witch hunt
    By CANDACE SUTTON
    POLICE have handed over the study notes of two sociology lecturers to the Wood royal commission, following a complaint by a colleague.

    Documents from lectures about attitudes to "intergenerational sex" and "the culture of sexual minorities", taught by Newcastle University academics Terry Leahy and Jim Wafer, have been handed to the commission's response unit after a fellow lecturer gave the material to Newcastle Police.

    Dr Leahy, who refused to speak to The Sun-Herald, created controversy in academic circles in 1991 with his PhD thesis, Negotiating Stigma: ApproachesTo Intergenerational Sex, which questioned whether pedophile activity shouldbe regarded as deviant.

    Mr Wafer, who is overseas, lectures on the Culture of Sexual Minorities at Newcastle's Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

    Dr Barry Morris, acting department head at Newcastle University, said hefound the notions of censorship raised by the investigation into his lecturer's teachings "more disturbing than what they are actually teaching".

    According to a copy obtained by The Sun-Herald of reading notes for the subject SOCA 223, which he taught in 1995, Mr Wafer lectures that pedophilia is a common and accepted historical phenomenon, from the ancient Greeks to native tribes, both ancient and modern and including Australian Aborigines.

    The reading notes include a paper called Thinking Sex: Notes For A Radical Theory Of The Politics Of Sexuality by American academic Gayle S Rubin who argues: "Boy lovers are so stigmatised that is difficult to find defenders for their civil liberties, let alone for their erotic orientation. Consequently, the police have feasted on them."

    Detective Sergeant Peter Huxley, of the Newcastle Child Protection Investigation Unit, said while the lecture material "was not against the law" it might have an insidious influence on young students.

    NSW University Sociology Department head, Dr Jan Daniel, said Dr Leahy had caused consternation among colleagues with his paper on "intergenerational" sex written for the Australia And New Zealand Journal Of Sociology.

    Dr Daniel said: "Some sociologists would say that sex with children is not a proper topic for research."

    However, Dr Gary Dowsett, sociology lecturer at Macquarie University, said the notion of censoring academic research was alarming.

    "What I am concerned about in this debate is the academic freedom to criticise, research and teach," he said.


    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What might surprise you is that the sociopaths conducting the research on "inter-generational sex" (dry retch) are not that
      interested in the topic but more the fact that they are taking a huge risk and getting away with it.

      No sociopath likes to be bored and the only real aim of their lives is to create as much chaos and havoc around them. They often take unnecessary risks because causing others pain is the only real human emotion they can feel.

      The fact that the researchers have tried to standardise pedophilia in an age where there are a huge number of cases coming to light from the church and other institutions is inappropriate.

      The researchers are the same sick people who have tried to legitimately make a point about it being a research topic. They are basically forcing others who are innocent to discuss a topic which has caused endless amounts of misery for victims. This way they cause other people more pain, playing the victim whilst being the aggressor.

      The pattern of behaviour described above is one standard tool of the sociopath. The way they manipulate a situation to have to have full control of others. By lying they think they are too smart to be noticed. How very University of Newcastle.

      Unfortunately sociopaths will keep going for as long as they can get away with something. They only stop when they are forced to.

      You cannot reason with this type. You just have to shut them down.

      I wonder if any of the researchers would change their approach if they found out their child had been molested.

      Delete
  121. From what I can gather the faculty of arts and education doesn't have much going for it., especially one staff person whose name gets mentioned a lot.

    Maybe we should sack them all and start again. No more 10 minute promotions of lecturers to senior professor roles without any credentials or positions for "violence" studies.

    They are not good enough for the next generation of students.

    ReplyDelete
  122. That great man James Auchmuty used to say 'never mention sociology in my presence'.

    ReplyDelete