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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*answer our survey,

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*contact us.

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)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tony Abbott learns what to do from the University of Newcastle

Tony Abbott's reaction to the most comprehensive report conducted into children in detention was

Firstly, to bury it for as long as possible

Secondly, to ACCUSE "the Human Rights Commission of being blatantly partisan and saying it should be ashamed of itself. This is a direct attack on the professionalism, competence and impartiality of the commission president, Gillian Triggs, a lawyer of 46 years experience".

We conducted a survey of the bullying experiences of now over 195 individuals (staff and students) at the University of Newcastle.

University of Newcastle management have

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Firstly, tried to stop us from gathering information and from supporting other victims (getting Google to block our YouTube video clip, stopping us from putting up posters at the University of Newcastle, threatening to call in the Federal Police to investigate us, etc.).  The University has stated that this blog "contains material that may be considered offensive and contains information that may be misleading".

Secondly, to deny that bullying and harassment is an issue at the University (as reported in the Newcastle Herald and on the University of Newcastle's website).

Thirdly, to refuse to meet us to discuss the findings of our survey so that steps can be taken to improve the situation.  We have been told by the Vice-Chancellor that she does not meet "anonymous people", DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE GAVE HER OUR NAMES!

So, when news is bad, shoot the messenger who brought you the news!  

How well Tony Abbott has learned from the University of Newcastle.

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