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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“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)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Right to protest on campus

Congratulations to the Queer Collective of the University of Newcastle on their colourful and thought-provoking display on the footbridge on Callaghan campus today.  We wholeheartedly support you in your fight against discrimination and bullying.

We hope that you get a great deal of support from the University of Newcastle ALLIES such as Kevin McConkey, Kim Foster, Brid Corrigan, Mike Calford, Belinda Munn, etc.

We are horrified about the extent of bullying at the University of Newcastle - 185 staff and students have told us about their bullying and this includes people who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation.

We would like to support you more openly but we have been prevented from displaying posters about our anti-bullying campaign (see previous posts on posters).


  1. Right to protest on campus? You must be kidding! It's a police state. Whilst there are junk posters and notices all over the place from walls in corridors to toilet doors, if you say anything about the management, they will hire all the security guards and secretaries to remove them at lightening speed. I saw these guys in action the other day when some baby-faced students put up some innocent posters protesting their program being axed. It was quite unreal. The place has got so mental when it come to "security". So much resource is wasted crushing hapless students whose studies have been messed up by the management who charge them fees for being fucked up and no one seems to care. It's heartbreaking.



    The University has decided that no material can be placed on any noticeboards in the University which is not "officially approved". However, this rule only applies to the "Save our Major" posters. All other posters have been left up. The Hunter Building has been stripped of posters as has all other parts of campus.

    So, here are the banned posters. Feel free to distribute!

  3. Students demand
    Truth . Accountability. Transparency

  4. They hired security guards to remove the above posters? Have they got any more important things to do?

  5. There's obviously a lot of money around.

  6. Destroyed, devastated but still fightingNovember 15, 2011 at 7:56 AM

    So - isn't it great that the Uni acts in such a consistent way.
    First, it stops anti-bullying posters from being put up (but highlighting the bullying of LGBT people is allowed otherwise the Uni will have problems under the Anti-Discrimination Act).
    Then, it uses external legal support to block the Youtube video related to this site (and calls in the Federal Police).
    Now, the Save our Major posters have been removed.
    Why is the Uni so scared?
    Just deal with the problem - history (even very recent events) has shown that this type of police state behaviour never succeeds.

  7. Why don't they hire more teachers so the classes are not so bloody crowded?

  8. Who's calling the shots at the uni? I'd like to see his/her face.

  9. Is crushing dissent the UoN's top priority?

  10. History shows that this type of behaviour will lead to public revolt.

  11. They removed these harmless posters that students put up on campus? They must have an agenda, a secret that they don't want people to know.

  12. Is that a strategic goal?

  13. It's a strategy, full stop!

  14. I'm reminded of the Fritz Lang film Metropolis where a similar sort of atmosphere prevails. Quite frightening. People are managed like machines, but many of them don't realise what is happening.

  15. Where is humanity headed for?

  16. Big brother watching. Be careful!