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)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

New book on Workplace Health and safety from within the ranks of the masters of LACK of workplace health and safety!

Neil Foster of the Newcastle Law School has just published a book on

Workplace Health and Safety Law in Australia 

 "Workplace Health and Safety Law in Australia provides an introduction to the law of workplace health and safety in Australia and offers clear concise commentary on all aspects of related civil and criminal law. Written by Neil Foster, an expert in the area of workplace health and safety law, with a foreword by the Honourable Justice Roger Boland, President of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, this text is an invaluable resource for business and law students, legal professionals and senior business managers alike." 

PLEASE give some complimentary copies to Professor Caroline, McMillen, Professor Kevin McConkey (somewhere in China) and Professor Nick Saunders (now at Bond University).  Perhaps you could develop a professional development quiz for them to complete to test their knowledge of this area.
Will this book become like the University of Newcastle policies?  The University can do anything it wants, as long as it can say "but we have a policy for that".


  1. It's interesting to see the two completely different versions of the story as told by the VC of the UoN and the president of NUSA, representing the student on hunger strike.

    Only one version is true and we have made up our minds about that.

    We congratulate Heather Richards on her integrity and honesty and condemn those who lie and misinform the public in order to get out of trouble.

    The UoN management must stop the cover-ups and own up to the shocking problems it has on its hands as Heather Richards so clearly pointed out in her very powerful letter to Caroline McMillen.

  2. Is McConkey in China? Well, he must be pretty cashed up. We warn the Chinese government to check his immediate past "records" at Newcastle to avoid another disaster. This blogsite would be the first port of call for evidence of his "credentials".

    China deserves better!