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)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Secrecy, constant threats not to speak up about it, turn a blind eye.....


Sara Hanson-Young has spoken at a symposium at the University of Newcastle.  She has been very critical of the University's contract with Transfield Services, the company involved in the management of detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, where human rights abuses are alleged to have occurred.

She said that 
‘The secrecy has spread a culture that festers away, very similar, I must say, to the experience that we’ve seen in relation to child abuse in religious institutions".
‘‘The cover-ups, the constant threats not to speak up about it, not to talk about it, it allows an abusive culture to fester.’’

‘‘The sense I’m getting, at least from the outside, is that the University’s management are willing to kind of turn a blind eye and keep the contract, but of course that’s only as long as they don’t believe there’s enough community pressure,’’ she said.

She offered to speak to Caroline McMillen about Transfield - hope she has better luck with meeting McMillen than we had - McMillen said she did not meet anonymous people, even though we gave her our names!!!

The management at the University of Newcastle are the supreme masters of turning a blind eye about anything that anyone reports that is even vaguely wrong at the university.  A brief look at this website will confirm how desperately they destroy and gag anyone who reports misconduct or corruption. 


  1. From a report on ABC news website (23/11/15) concerning a failed unfair dismissal case. The court found the applicant had not been unfairly dismissed but dismissed for bullying. She had in fact generated a climate of fear and silence while endeavouring to make competent employees appear incompetent:

    'Justice Geoffrey Flick accepted an independent investigation that found "resounding evidence" the human resources team leader had behaved aggressively to co-workers. Examples included humiliating the workers, giving them the "silent" treatment and making "competent employees appear incompetent in the hope they will resign".

    These complaints were substantiated with "resounding evidence" of bullying.

    Not only had the conduct created fear and intimidation, it was also found to have impacted on other teams and on workplace productivity.
    "This long-running dispute has been extremely costly for the organisation, with the disruption and ongoing gossip in the workplace a hidden but additional cost," the court found.'

    All this sounds sadly familiar to anyone who has worked at UoN, doesn't it? Except no one is ever dismissed from UoN for bullying...

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/unfair-dismissal-case-parramatta-catholic-education-office-boss-sacked-for-bullying-20151122-gl4uu2.html#ixzz3sGYEkmOz

  2. http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3535670/university-at-risk-over-spy-allegations/

    Seriously scary the situation that the University has engaged.