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)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Public hearing

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.

"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".

"Examination of witnesses

Generally, witnesses are given an opportunity to make a short opening statement (preferably no more than five minutes). This can be used to clarify, amend or expand on points made in written submissions.
Questions then will be directed to witnesses through the Chair. The questions are designed to clarify aspects of written submissions and to seek views and information on the inquiry topic."

Parliamentary privilege

The public hearings are privileged.  That means that no legal action can be taken against the witness in relation to the evidence given during a hearing.  Also people who intimidate or threaten a witness may be punished.
"If before the hearing a witness considers that information to be provided by the witness or requested by the committee is confidential, the witness can request that the evidence be heard in camera. If the request is granted by the committee, the public and media will be excluded from the hearing".
These are general guidelines for public hearings - no specific details regarding the Workplace Bullying public hearings are available so far.

1 comment:

  1. Parliamentary privilege!

    Wow, this is our chance to tell the highest authority of this country what is happening here at our workplace.

    We will make sure the senior bullies of the UoN will be named and shamed!