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)
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Parliament House, Macquarie Room, Macquarie Street
Tuesday 10 July 2012, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Program: (not available)
As noted in a previous post on this wwebsite
"The committee determines who shall be called to a hearing. The committee secretariat will contact witnesses to advise the date, time and place of a hearing.
An organisation called to give evidence generally can determine who will represent it at the hearing, although a committee may request specific office holders or individuals to attend. Organisations should ensure that they send to the hearing witnesses who have appropriate knowledge of the issues before the committee.
It is helpful if organisations advise the committee secretary as soon as possible after being called to a hearing of the names of the people who will attend
Those who decline the committee's invitation to attend a hearing can be summoned to appear if the committee considers the circumstances warrant such action."
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Do you want to make a submission but want to remain anonymous?
Do you want to make a confidential submission?
See the previous blog entitled Public Hearing.
- Making a submission to the review is governed by parliamentary privilege - NO LEGAL ACTION can be taken against you for making a submission.
- NO LEGAL ACTION can be taken against you if the review publishes your submission.
- The public hearing is also governed by parliamentary privilege.
- You can also request a confidential submission if you are concerned.
He said the dropbox would be safe for people to disclose information as it was encrypted and the IP addresses of the sender was not recorded."
Monday, June 18, 2012
There have been 144 posts.
We have had 676 comments posted on our blog
195 people have reported bullying at the University of Newcastle to our survey.
(What a pity this blog is about workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle - imagine how fantastic it would be if it was about DEALING with the bullies and the bullying culture)
Here are some general details on the public hearings.
The committee determines who will be called to a hearing and they are contacted with details. An organisation called to the hearing can decide who will represent themselves.
"Examination of witnesses
Saturday, June 16, 2012
7 public hearings have been announced. Note that Canberra is apparently "bully-free".
The message from the police on this video is that anyone in Victoria who is being bullied can report this to the police.
Hopefully, the other states will move into the 21st century on the crime of bullying.
Friday, June 15, 2012
He has observed three strategies most commonly used to deal with dissent.
- Punish or make examples of people who openly disagree with them (there are always ways to do this e.g. denial of legitimate requests, sudden appplication of previously ignored policies, etc).
- Ignore those who are dissenting - don't speakto them, don't respond to their emails, don't acknnowledge them i.e. act as if they don't exist.
Steve Davies in his blog has highlighted some methodological problems with the inquiry.
- The time period to make submissions is relatively short, considering the complexity of what we are trying to report.
- Re formal submissions: some people may be inexperienced in making submissions or may be too scared to do so. Also what about the public hearings? no details have been given regarding this.
- Communication - The lack of communication considering the huge cost of bullying on work and productivity.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
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Should we tell the Queen about our experiences of his "leadership"?
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Chair of the Committee, Ms Amanda Rishworth, MP, states that ""Bulying has serious consequences for individuals and the wider community."
Some of the terms of reference for the inquiry are particularly relevant to the the students/ex-students and staff/ex-staff from the University of Newcastle:
- prevalence of workplace bullying
- experience of victims
- role of workplace cultures in preventing and responding to bullying
- the adequacy of existing education and support services to prevent and respond to workplace bullying.
- whether there are further opportuities to raise awareness of workplace bullying.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
The following information is copied from the House of Representatives Committee
There is also an article on "Making a submission" on this website.
The email address for submissions is firstname.lastname@example.org
"Who can make a submission?
Any individual or organisation can make a submission to a parliamentary committee.
Submissions should be prepared solely for the inquiry and should be relevant to the terms of reference. They may address all or a selection of the points outlined in the terms of reference. Submissions may contain facts, opinions, arguments and recommendations for action.
It is helpful if submissions are prefaced by a brief summary of the main points.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Thank you for your email about the Shaping Futures Scholarship Fund. It may come as a surprise to you that many of us cannot help - why? because we have been bullied out of our jobs and careers at the University of Newcastle and are no longer able to work.
Your email asks for funding for "inspirational students determined to follow their dreams against all odds". Can staff and students who have been bullied out of the University apply for this funding?
Many of us were outstanding members of staff with good publication records and appreciative students. We also wanted to follow our dreams and still do but now it is "against all odds": Many of us are fighting against physical and psychological illness. Some of us have considered suicide; for many of us the bullying we have experienced has destroyed our families and friends.
So, Caroline, thank you for your kind invitation but NO.
- Retired Vice Chancellor Nicholas Saunders, - $604,978
- Chief financial officer - $263,290,
- Professor Stephen Nicholas retired on December 31 as vice-chancellor business and law with post employment benefits of $125,192.
- Professor Terry Lovat retired on March 31 last year as vice-chancellor Education and Arts with post employment benefits of $217,716.
If you were earning that much, wouldn't you do everything possible to quash any mention of the B______ (Bullying) word!