Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Makes you wonder.......

"THE University of Newcastle made more than $40,000 in parking fines in the first four weeks of this semester and is on track to collect more fine revenue than it did last year." (Newcastle Herald )

"The university issued 464 fines in March in what were the first four weeks of semester when new students were finding their way around and campuses were generally at their busiest.
NSW government figures collected by the NSW Office of State Revenue show the university is on track to collect more than $150,000 this year in fine revenue."

Is this how the University pays lawyers to get rid of anyone who has a legitimate complaint?


  1. What has this got to do with bullying?

    1. Why is it that people who want to criticise most often do it hiding behind a mask? Use your name and identify yourself.....because if you really believe in what you are saying than you shouldn't be ashamed to admit publicly who you are.

  2. To AnonymousMay 23, 2012 1:59 PM: This has a lot to do with bullying because as I staff member, I was actually fined on a Saturday right outside of my office where the car park is empty for doing university work and I have paid for full-time parking! The security guards target "weak" spots as such to raise money for the university at the expense of staff and poor students. This is an act of bullying and looting as well. You sound like you are a hired eye of the uni management and this blog is not for you.

  3. Devastated academicMay 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Dear Anonymous
    I was bullied out of the University - I know that huge amounts of taxpayers' money is used by the Uni on its internal complaints system, on external investigators and on the legal profession (lawyers and barristers). There is also the money spent gagging staff/students.
    Anonymous, don't you ever wonder where all this money comes from? Perhaps the uni is using its parking fines to pay for some of its bullying tactics - don't you think it would be wonderfully ironic if they collected parking fines from staff and students and then used this money to bully or get rid of staff and students?

    1. From what you, Devastated Academic, and Anonymouse say, It seems like all of the income for the university is used to target people and bully them.

      Very narrow minded

    2. Maybe it is used to pay bonuses to the Senior Management? Perhaps there should be a FOI submitted asking the uni to show how the money is used.

  4. Anonymous May 23, 2012 4:48 PM: you have either never been bullied or a bully yourself. I think even one dollar used to target and bully people is too much. Why can't we aim for a bullying-free society? I think you are the one who's narrow-minded.

  5. My experience is that if the uni wants to get rid of you they will. My experience is that is doesn't matter how much it costs, how many lies are needed, or what collatoral damage is done.....so I guess it wouldn't matter what budget it comes out off....I guess parking fine revenue is as open to use as any other uni funds.....let me see, teaching budgets, student resources, research funding....... I can not understand it....