According to the ABC "Outsiders" program, Clarkson's behaviour represents the "glamorisation of thuggery", also accorded to sportsmen and other angry white men.
"What sort of behaviour is considered socially and culturally acceptable in a mature contemporary society?" (Outsiders, Sarrah le Marquand)
The following behaviour is reportedly (quoted from our survey) considered socially and culturally acceptable at the University of Newcastle:-
- This bully lies to me, steals stuff from my desk, shouts at me when noone else is around, is extremely two faced, thinks they own everything in the building, is extremely messy, there's more.
- Swearing at me and hit me when I denied to sign the document without reading.
- The worst experience was when I was dismissed from a position after inadvertently uncovering a serious breach of security procedure by a senior manager. My dismissal was orchestrated through intermediaries, with no contact with the bully. My humiliation was greater than the monetary loss.
- I initially reported what was a clear and simple case of student plagiarism, but within a couple of days (before any evidence had been seen or the complaint passed up beyond the School level) the victimisation started. I was branded a troublemaker and the plagiarist was simply an innocent victim who should be supported by the School. Anyone suspected of supporting me was attacked. Lab samples were "dissappeared", lab and office space access denied, rumours were generated and threats were made.
- Having my work/ideas passed off as my boss' work.
- Being marked down in a work review for not working unpaid overtime (becuase I have family committments after work).
- Expectation that I work as an RA (unpaid) while I completed a PhD. I was lead to believe that I needed to work 2 days per week as an RA on my supervisor's research project to receive my scholarship
- I have had my job threatened all year - told if I do not work all public holidays and some weekends which required then I will lose my job
- Being lied to. Having items stolen from my desk drawers.
- Ridiculed behind my back when in another room on several occasions. Embarased in front of others about the quality of my work for most of the semester told in front of others I did not have a hope in hell of passing the exam.
- Intimidated from and reprimanded for following university safety procedures
- My experience with some senior staff at the Uni was appalling, devastating, shocking. It has left me feeling too distressed to continue my research.