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, May 28, 2012

National review into workplace bullying

The Sydney Morning Herald reports

"Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a national review into workplace bullying.

The aim of the parliamentary review is to look at the nature, causes and extent of workplace bullying.
It will also consider proposals to prevent bullying cultures developing in the workplace and help individuals who have been affected by bullying return to work.

Ms Gillard backed a national version of this law.  "One way we could add to what we're doing now is to take Brodie's law nationally and to have a common national law to deal with bullying in the workplace," Ms Gillard said.

The Prime Minister and Brodie Panlocks parents

Brodie's mother Rae Panlock welcomed Saturday's announcement.
"It's been a long, hard road and it's just wonderful that so many people are united in this particular cause," she said.

The Productivity Commission estimates the total cost of workplace bullying in Australia at between $6 billion and $36 billion annually.

The House Standing Committee on Education and Employment will undertake the review and will consult with the community and report by November 30.

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten described workplace bullying as secret scourge far too common in workplaces.  "No family should have to go through what the Panlocks have been through," he said.

"Their daughter was going to work and she was doing well and yet what was happening to her in work meant one day she didn't come home.""


  1. Some of the stories may shock the public, but I hope this review gives an opportunity for victims of bullying to tell their stories.
    I understand why Brodie Panlock committed suicide.

  2. The bullies of the UoN had better find a place to hide.

  3. Destroyed University of Newcastle academicMay 29, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    How are the well-educated and power-hungry staff from the University of Newcastle going to rationalize their bullying behaviour?
    Also they will need to explain how they colluded with other bullies so that they could continue their climb through the ranks?
    Also, what about those who stood idly by and watched others being bullied (to save their own skin)?

  4. There are all those "nice gentle" academics from the caring professions (education, humanities, allied health, medicine) who manage to do the best bullying.

  5. We should ask for a parliamentary team to be sent to the UoN to investigate the bullying by talking to the victim. The first step to achieving this is to alert them to the existence of this website.

  6. The University of Newcastle can be the "one stop shop" for the investigation - so many staff and students who have been bullied all conveniently in one place!

  7. Quite a few of us are preparing our submissions to the government enquiry. We will make sure no one will suffer the way we did for being ethical and decent.

  8. To the UoN bullies: the days of free-loading are numbered! People power is coming to get you!