Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gagging - protecting an organisation's reputation?

As part of the Royal commission into abuse in the Catholic Church, a woman who had been abused was given a payment and "was told to sign which banned her from making disparaging comments about the Church."(PM Radio National)

Dr James Spence is a former chancellor of the Brisbane Archdiocese. 

"JAMES SPENCE: The lawyers put that in as a protection that they felt was necessary because they wanted to protect the Church from any further damage.

PETER MCCLELLAN: You mean adverse comment?


PETER MCCLELLAN: Do you think it was right for the Church to seek to impose an obligation which sole purpose was to protect its reputation?

JAMES SPENCE: I think it was wrong to make it a binding condition".  

The University of Newcastle has never seen anything wrong with forcing people to sign confidentiality agreements/gagging clauses.  At least FIFTEEN individuals have told us that they have been gagged.  This does not include all the others who have been silenced by other means by the University.



  1. The comparison between the church and university is valid. Each system of cover up has produced many victims, pain and many lies to expose.

  2. For each and every life shattered by the evil University of Newcastle my solidarity is with you all.

    Do not fear the unknown, it is the greatest weapon we can use against the perpetrators of the serious crimes committed against us.

    We will not go quietly or be silenced.
    Our voices together will be louder than theirs. We are the university, we are the intelligent ones, the ones they cannot deny.

    They can lie until they are lying. I don't care for their empty promises. When we triumph they will be crushed.