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)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Transfield Services, Detention Centres on Naru and Manus Island AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE

TRANSFIELD SERVICES provide the facilities and management to detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.

TRANSFIELD SERVICES have entered into a five-year $88 million integrated facilities management and property services contract with THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE.

So The UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE is supporting "cruel government policy and process". (The Age)


  1. From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-10/damning-report-reveals-bullying-harassment-among-surgeons/6763490?pfm=ms

    truthfind 11:01 AM on 10/09/2015 writes....

    Sadly, this is a cultural thing in our country. Australia has the highest rate of work place bullying in the industrialized world. There is no escaping that depressing fact. It permeates our schools, homes, TV programs, work places and yes, even our health system. Both men and women bully roughly in equal proportions. It is a type of sadism and it is cowardly because weaker and more vulnerable people are usually bullied. Sexual harassment is just a nasty symptom of a much bigger problem. AFL, which is a great game, is spoiled by the continuous silly schoolboy mentality of shirt-fronting. It is the only team sport in the world where men show so little respect for other competitors. Footy would be just as enjoyable if there was not the stupid, childish goings on the field off play. But then, it is the culture. If one is not bashing or verbally humiliating others then you are not a tough Australian. That is the absurdity of it all.

  2. There is a petition opposing this move to engage Transfield currently circulating UoN for signatures: sign it everyone!

  3. This has now made the ABC news: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-10/newcastle-uni-urged-to-rethink-five-year-contract-with-transfie/6764872

  4. To be frank, if you think about it UoN and Transfield have rather a lot in common: they espouse values they don't uphold, they cover up and deny their failings and throw money around to make problems disappear. I'd watch out for the outsourcing of the management of people to Transfield.

    1. I agree. Both institutions are noted for abusing human rights and ignoring outside scrutiny.

    2. Transfield to date has ignored the evidence of over 30 child sexual assaults in detention centres and apparently an organization with a track record like that is good enough to be allowed to dictate university policy.