Premier Anna Bligh finds $1 billion for Queensland teachers, Darrell Giles, The Sunday Mail, 7 November 2009: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/premier-anna-bligh-finds-1-billion-for-queensland-teachers/story-e6freoof-1225795336944
In 2000 the Grade 7 students at Lynch-Mob State College were roaming about the school, disrupting classes.
I discussed the situation with the acting principal, Mrs GR.
She advised me to discuss the situation at a staff meeting.
She put it at the top of the agenda for the next meeting.
But at the staff meeting she spoke before me, talking at length about "a person" who was humiliating students.
The next day a friend warned me that "the person" was me.
My friend told me that Mrs GR was telling teachers that I had told a child to put their nose to the wall, and that if "it" continued, I was going to be put on Diminished Workplace Performance.
I rang Mrs GR and she confirmed that I was the person she had been talking about to the teachers.
I was deeply shocked by Mrs GR's behaviour.
I became very ill.
My doctor gave me a week off work.
During that week I sought advice on how to deal with Mrs GR's behaviour.
The Queensland Teacher's Union advised me to ask for a meeting of the school Behaviour Management Committee.
The Cairns District Office Welfare Officer advised me to ask for that meeting and also for a mediated meeting with Mrs GR to discuss the breakdown of our professional relationship.
So, as soon as I arrived back at school I asked for those two meetings.
Mrs GR eventually agreed to meet me - but she said the purpose of the meeting would be to discuss putting me on Diminished Workplace Performance.
During this meeting Mrs GR repeatedly refused to listen to me.
She told me she had "lots of" documented allegations, but did not show them to me.
Two days after this meeting, Mrs GR gave me a letter to advise me that she and the usual principal had agreed that I would be on DWP in 2001.
Any intelligent, literate person would have known that this letter was evidence of Mrs GR and the usual principal's breach of the DWP process, the Code of Conduct, the Public Service Regulations, etc.
For example - the usual principal had been on leave all term and had not discussed the situation with me before making the agreement with Mrs GR that I would be on DWP in 2001.
But the Queensland Teachers Union organiser - who had been at the meeting and who had -
* witnessed Mrs GR refuse to allow me to respond to her verbal allegations,
* witnessed Mrs GR allege that she had "lots of" documented allegations concerning me,
* knew that I had not been shown these documented allegations
* and knew that the usual principal was on leave and had not discussed the situation with me before making his agreement with Mrs GR that I would be on DWP in 2001
- told me that there was no hope of justice.
During the meeting I had said I would make a Grievance about Mrs GR's behaviour.
The QTU organiser advised me that he had never known a teacher's Grievance to be upheld.
He told me that teachers who 'fought it" were mentally and physically destroyed.
His only advice was to "accept the things that cannot change".
Several other QTU officers later told me that this was good advice, "based on many years of experience of dealing with Education Queensland".
In November 2000, I could not believe that the system was so corrupt.
I asked the Cairns Regional Executive Director to appoint an investigator to find out the truth.
The Cairns Regional Executive Director appointed the usual principal to examine his own behaviour (and that of Mrs GR).
The usual principal did not support my Grievance.
Years later I discovered under FOI that a mass of falsified documents had been secretly placed on my official records with the usual principal's Grievance report.
This created the false impression that these falsified 'records' had been discussed with me during the Grievance investigation.
The usual principal's behaviour convinced me that what the QTU organiser had been telling me the truth - the grievance system was corrupt.
On 31 August 2001 I made a Public Interest Disclosure to Jim Varghese, the Director General, that the DWP and Grievance systems were being abused to bully Queensland teachers into ill health and out of work.
The Director-General sent it to the Cairns District Office to investigate.
The Cairns District Office advised me that they were doing nothing about my disclosure.
So when Anna Bligh (the Minister of Education) came to Cairns for a Community Meeting, I sat down with her and Jim Varghese (the Director General) and made the same disclosure directly to them both.
One month later the Cairns Regional Executive Director assured me he had the bullying under control.
And I retired.
I was so relieved - the stress was over - the problem had been resolved!
But a few days later Mrs GR was given a big promotion to an "acting" principal position.
And six month later her promotion was "confirmed".
And then I knew I had been tricked - "I've got the bullying under control - I've promoted the bully" did not make sense to me.
I re-made my disclosure to the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
I explained the political situation (a serious conflict of interest) to the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission.
The CMC reduced their official records of my disclosure to gibberish.
Then the CMC quickly sent my disclosure back to the department.
The Department of Education slowly investigated.
The Department employs an army of highly qualified barristers and solicitors.
But in 2004 the Department chose to use an Aboriginal employee with no qualifications in education, law or psychology to 'find no evidence of bullying' - in the mass of falsified documents that had been secretly placed on my file.
He had only been given the first page of my complaint.
The other twenty-six pages had been "lost" or jumbled up with other documents.
In 2006 a Verifact investigator found that I had not been shown the file of falsified documents.
Neither of these 'investigators' was allowed to investigate -
* the agreement between Mrs GR and the usual principal that I would be on DWP in 2001.
* the usual principal's failure to support my Grievance about the behaviour of Mrs GR - and his own behaviour, although I did not realise it at that time.
* my Public Interest Disclosure that the DWP and Grievance system were being abused to bully teachers into ill health and out of work.
On 23 August 2006 - five years after I first made my Public Interest Disclosure -the Verifact investigator recommended that "consideration be given with regards to whether disciplinary action be intitiated".
And the Director of the Workforce Standards and Performance Unit signed a letter to the Cairns Regional Executive Director to say that this recommendation would be appropriately addressed ... "by taking steps to remind all personnel in the region of their responsibilities with regards to the use and management of adverse departmental records".
A letter of this nature would have sent a message to all bully principals in the Cairns region that this was all that would happen if they bullied a teacher.
And, four years later, in 2010, a teacher in another school in Cairns - a school in the very next suburb to my own - made a workplace bullying complaint.
WorkCover and the Department of Education refused to investigate what was going on at the school.
The teachers' complaint was not supported.
And in 2011, under threat of the DWP, and having lost all faith in Education Queensland as an employer, that teacher suicided : The Burpengary Story.
The two people who interviewed me for the job of Regional Teacher-Linguist told me that my application was "outstanding" -
In 1980 I had been inspected for one day and then placed on the First Primary Promotion List in NSW.
This qualified me to be principal of a small school.
I had just completed a Master's Degree at Sydney University.
My main area of study had been applied linguistics.
I had been teaching English as a Second Language in a Sydney primary school for the past five years.
But what these men did not tell me was that I was being appointed to a war zone - groups were fighting other groups and nobody was co-operating with anybody else.
And all of these groups were hugely hostile to anybody who came from outside the state.
"Queensland is leading the way in this", I was constantly advised.
"One of the greatest barriers to knowledge transfer is the cultural arrogance of the domestic workforce that stays at home.
The Xenophobic responses of the home-personnel to expat's knowledge have been reported in the literature for almost 30 years."
Returning expats' expertise yet to find a valued space at home, Betina Szkudlarek, P 40, Weekend Professional, The Weekend Australian, 27-28 April, 2013.
I now realise that I blew the whistle quite a few times during my career with Education Queensland.
But I did not think of it as whistleblowing at the time - I just thought I was doing my job properly.
I had taught in England for four years and then in New South Wales for thirteen years.
During that time I never had to make an official complaint about anything.
But in Queensland -
In 1991 : I made an official complaint - actually a grievance but I did not know it at the time - that a booklet that I had written had been published by an inspector under his own name as "Editor".
He had even applied for an ISB number that identified him as the "editor"!
I had not been allowed to proof-read the booklet before it was published, presumably so that I would not realise what was 'going on', so the booklet was of a very poor standard, with pages printed mulitple times, etc.
Lesley Fletcher in the Cairns District Office liaised with me in relation to this complaint / grievance.
She arranged for me to have a couple of days out of my classroom to try to sort out the problems with the booklet. Unfortunately the problems were quite significant.
I understand that all 500 copies of the booklet had to be destroyed.
Interestingly, there seems to be no official record of this complaint / grievance.
And - payback! - this inspector seems to have become involved in the bullying that I experienced in 2000.
1993 (approx) I made an official disclosure concerning the inappropriate language being used by a principal towards children and teachers.
I had the impression at the time that this complaint was handled well.
In about August 1999 : A child at White-Wash State School disclosed to me that his class teacher often hit him.
The boy looked very depressed and the other children in the class remained silent and just looked at me, so it seemed to be true.
There had been a violent incident concerning this teacher a couple of years earlier.
And at that time the principal questioned me about the incident, telling me that I had a responsibility to the children to report any violent behaviour by this teacher.
So, in 1999, I told the principal about the child's disclosure.
So, when this second child made his disclosure, I did exactly what I had been told that I should do - I reported the child's disclosure to the school principal.
And the principal told me that the male teacher had a long history of warnings for this sort of behaviour.
But, unbeknown to me, the principal made no written record of the child's complaint about this male teacher's behaviour.
"At the time I handled the incident internally and made no formal documentation of the incident. ... to the best of my knowledge, there is no documentation pertaining to this incident."
FOI document 2703 I 91
And shortly afterwards, during an in-service on child abuse, I was humiliated and verbally abused in front of the whole staff of White-Wash State School.
The principal spoke to me before the in-service, in front of one or two other members of staff, asking me not to try to discuss the in-service because the men wanted to get away to watch a 'big match' on the TV.
I had hardly spoken a word during any staff meeting at this school.
Then the principal began the staff meeting.
He told the whole staff - teachers, teacher's aides, cleaners - that he did not want anybody to discuss the video because everybody wanted to get away to watch the big match.
He told them that he had already spoken to "the person who was usually the main problem in this area".
Then we watched a video that stressed the importance of not humiliating a child in front of its peers.
We broke into groups and we were asked to discuss what we would do if a child made a disclosure to us.
And an Aboriginal teachers' aide turned to me and said with a loud sneer, "Well, we all know what you would do, Robina!"
I began to have the impression that the principal was teaching the staff that I was the person was causing the problem - because I had reported the child abuse.
This disclosure was handled really, really badly.
And - payback! - this principal seems to have become involved in the bullying that I experienced in November 2000 -
Mrs GR, acting principal of Lynch-Mob State College, told me that this principal had told her that he had "concerns about my relationship with children".
And that he had encouraged her to put me on Diminished Workplace Performance.
When I complained that this was discrimination and "payback", acting principal Mrs GR changed her story.
Both she and the principal of White-Wash State School claimed that they had never had this discussion concerning me.
And Mrs GR made different allegations against me.
In about November 1999 : I had applied for - and won - a grant to run an Indonesian activity day for three schools.
The school office staff put the grant in the general school account rather than in a designated Indonesian Day account.
I had employed about 13 Indonesian casual teacher-aides to assist with the day. There were huge problems getting the school office staff to pay the teacher-aides.
The teacher-aides rang me at school to complain to me about the problems with the school office staff.
I understand that a teacher from one of the other schools involved in the event rang Lesley Fletcher in the Cairns District Office to complain about the problems that the Indonesian teacher-aides were having getting my school office staff to pay them.
The third school could not get my school office staff to give them a receipt for some money that they had paid.
They asked me if they could bring a JP to my home one evening to take a statement from me that they had paid the money to my school but the office staff would not give them a receipt.
At this point I went to Mrs GR, the (then) deputy principal and told her that it was possible that 'something really bad' could happen at the school - financially - because there seemed to be so much confusion in the school office over the handling of money.
Mrs GR told me that there was a "personality problem" with one member of the office staff.
Three weeks later one member of the school office staff was promoted to the Premier's Office.
Then - payback! - very shortly afterwards, Mrs GR told me that the teachers' aides were "very upset" with me because I had asked them to check the page numbers in some booklets that they had made for me.
Lesson after lesson, I was having to send groups of children to find a teacher's aide who could take their books apart and fix the problems.
Mrs GR held her hand in front of my face and 'talked over me' when I tried to explain.
She just kept repeating that the teachers' aides were "very upset" with me.
- But actually the teachers-aides did not seem to be upset with me at all.
Mrs GR's behaviour seems to have been classic "payback" for my disclosure about the financial problems at the school.
In 2000, the Lynch-Mob State College Grade 7 teachers had adopted a "Rich Tasks", "outcomes based" philosphy.
"... Rich Tasks ... is Education Queensland's attempt to-
empower and encourage teachers,
unclutter the curriculum,
up the ante intellectually,
deliver fewer alienated students,
prepare students for a future in an uncertain world,
and position the classroom within the global village."
The practical outcome of this "philosophy" was that, when I arrived at a Grade 7 classroom, there would sometimes only be about six children in the room.
The Grade 7 teachers would be wonderfully relaxed, lying on the floor making a poster or sitting at a desk doing some craftwork and chatting to a few children.
The rest of the class would be missing.
And I knew where they were.
The rest of the Grade 7 students were being allowed to roam about the school in unsupervised groups, disrupting the other classes with their demands to be allowed to use the computers, speak to groups of children about a project that they were working on, etc. etc.
Who was responsible for the safety of these roaming groups of children?
If a child had an accident, who would know? Who would help the child?
Term 3 2000
The music teacher, the PE teacher and I discussed the behaviour problems in the Grade 6 and 7 classes with the usual principal of Lynch-Mob State College.
We discussed our plan to record the children's behaviour in specialist lessons, and then to reward the well-behaved students.
I also discussed the problem of the roaming groups of students who were continually disrupting classes.
The usual principal told me that several other teachers had also complained to him about these roaming groups of children continually coming into their classrooms.
The usual principal then made an announcement at a staff meeting that teachers should try not to send students "on messages'.
But actually the children were not being sent on messages, they were just being allowed to roam about.
Mrs GR was the acting principal.
I discussed with Mrs GR my concern that lots of children were missing from the Grade 7 classrooms, roaming about the school in unsupervised groups.
Numbers of children were missing from the Grade 7 classrooms when I arrived to take my specialist lessons.
When I went to Grade 7 Class L.R. on Wednesday 8 November 2000, (five days after I had discussed my concerns about the number of children missing from the Grade 7 classes with acting principal Mrs GR), I was told that -
This left me with eleven children to teach.
The department have a record of this document - FOI 2421 File C District Office document 39.
FOI 2733 File C Administrative Law Services Branch document 170.
Mrs GR put the topic on the white-board agenda for the staff meeting on Friday 10 November.
Mrs GR moved the issue to the top of the agenda.
During this week I also spoke three times to Grade 7 teacher Mrs LR about three separate roaming groups of children from her Grade 7LR Class who had disrupted my lessons with other classes.
I asked her to instruct her children not to disturb my lessons with other classes.
She told me to tell them myself.
But - payback! - at the staff meeting on Friday 10 November, Mrs GR spoke to the staff first.
Mrs GR told the staff that there was "a person" at the school who was humilitating children.
Mrs GR spoke to the staff at great length about "this person".
The day after this staff meeting, another teacher warned me to "document everything" because acting principal Mrs GR was "out to get me".
I asked this teacher what she meant.
She explained -
"You know that "person" she was talking about?
The one who's been humiliating children?
Apparently you told (name of Grade 6/7 student BOS) to put her nose to the wall!"
And that Mrs GR had told teachers at a "sort of meeting" that I had told a child to "put her nose to the wall".
The teacher told me that acting principal Mrs GR had said that "if it continued" she was going to put me on Diminished Workplace Performance (DWP - now called MUP - Managing Unsatisfactory Performance ).
I was absolutely astounded.
I kept saying, "I didn't do it! It can't be true!"
The teacher told me that acting principal Mrs GR had told her that I was "the person".
The teacher realised that I was very upset and she was reluctant to tell me any more details.
I immediately rang Mrs GR and asked her if it was true that she had been talking to the teachers about me.
She said that this was correct.
She had been talking to the staff about me.
I asked her if it was correct that she had done it because she believed that I had told a child to "put her nose to the wall".
She said , "Well, you told her to face the wall, anyway."
The shock of acting principal Mrs GR's seemingly irrational and deeply unprofessional behaviour made me ill.
I was more ill than I have ever been in my life before or since.
My doctor gave me one week of sick leave.
I could not believe that my school principal would say such things about me to the staff.
Mrs GR's behaviour seemed to be absolutely irrational.
I had no idea what Mrs GR might do next.
I explained that Mrs GR had told at least one, possibly several teachers that I had told a child to "put her nose to the wall".
I rang the QTU head office and asked for advice - I explained that a poorly-behaved child had disrupted three classes that morning.
In the third class, the poorly-behaved child had been sitting on a carpet in the middle of the room, watching a group of children perform an Indonesian play.
The poorly-behaved child kept calling out "show off" at the children who were acting, so I had told her to turn around and face the back wall.
The poorly-behaved child was sitting several metres away from any wall and there was never any question of her moving closer to the wall or "putting her nose to the wall".
I asked the QTU officer how to deal with the Acting Principal's behaviour.
The QTU officer advised me to ask for a meeting of the School Behaviour Management Committee to discuss the School Behaviour Management Program.
I also asked the Cairns District Office staff welfare officer for her advice on how to deal with Mrs GR's behaviour.
She advised me to ask for a mediated meeting with Mrs GR to discuss the breakdown in our professional relationship.
So I wrote to Mrs GR.
I asked for a meeting of the Behaviour Management Committee to discuss my concerns with the Behaviour Management Program at the school.
I gave a letter to the members of the Lynch-Mob State School Behaviour Management Committee and the acting deputy :
The child was sitting with other children on a mat in the middle of the classroom, watching the Indonesian play.
I explained that there had never been any question of the child putting her face, or any other part of her body, close to the wall.
And as soon as I returned to work on 20 November 2000, , as I had been advised by the staff welfare officer, I asked the school QTU representative to organise a second meeting - a mediated meeting with acting principal Mrs GRto discuss the breakdown in our professional relationship.
Mrs GR's reply was dated 20 November 2000, but I actually found it in my locker on the afternoon of the next day - the 21st November.
Mrs GR refused to accept my request for a meeting of the School Behaviour Management Committee ( and my request for a meeting with me to disuss the breakdown in our professional relationship, although she did not mention my request for that meeting in her letter).
(FOI 2469 File F document 39)
Mrs GR requested my attendance at a meeting to discuss her very sudden ‘concerns about your performance’.
(FOI 2469 File F document 36)
Mrs described this meeting as a "discussion … regarding the implementation of a Diminished Work Performance Program (DWP - now called MUP)".
(FOI 2469 File F document 019)
I protested that putting me on DWP (now called Managing Unsatisfactory Performance) for asking Mrs GR to support me in dealing with the roaming groups of Grade 7 children was unjust.
I said that I would make a Grievance about the situation.
The Queensland Teachers' Union advised me that there was no hope of justice because the Department of Education 'Grievance Process' did not work.
The QTU advised me to "accept the things you cannot change" because teachers who "fought it" were driven to mental and physical breakdown.
Mrs GR's impulsive and seemingly irrational behaviour was already making me ill, so this advice really worried me.
During the 27 November 2000 meeting, I protested that acting principal Mrs AP was abusing the DWP process to ‘pay me back’ for trying to deal with the problem of the Grade 7 children who were missing from their classrooms, roaming about the school.
I said that, if Mrs AP put me on DWP, I would make a Grievance about her behaviour.
The QTU organiser then took me outside and told me that there was no hope of justice.
He said he had never known a teacher’s Grievance to be upheld.
He advised me to ‘accept the things that cannot change’.
He said that teachers who ‘fought it’ were driven to mental and physical breakdown.
After the meeting the QTU organiser stood with me in the school car-park.
He shook his head in bewilderment and repeated about eight times, "It must be because you are a woman".
He clearly had no idea why I was being put on DWP.
Mrs GR had told us that she was going to consult 'with her superiors in the department".
I asked the QTU organiser if there was any hope that these 'superiors' would tell acting principal Mrs GR that she was making a fuss over nothing.
And he shook his head decisively.
That wasn't going to happen.
So the QTU organiser knew that I was going to be punished.
But he did not know why, other than 'because you are a woman'.
On 29 November 2000, two days after the 'mediated' meeting, Acting Principal Mrs GR gave me a letter -
(2469 File F document 19)
- to advise me that she and the usual principal, Mr DL
- who was on leave at the time and had not spoken to me about the situation -
had agreed that "the (Diminished Workplace Performance) process is warranted".
And I would be on DWP in 2001.
This "agreement" between the acting principal and the usual principal seems to have been made in breach of many Education Queensland policies.
I could not believe that there was no hope of justice.
I had always been active in the QTU.
I believed in the union.
For several years I had been an active member of the Labor Party.
I believed in the Labor Party.
I believed in the Queensland Labor Government.
I believed in my employers - the Queensland Department of Education.
On Tuesday 12 December 2000 at 6.18pm I emailed the Human Resources Department in Education Queensland Brisbane Head Office.
I described my situation very briefly and asked if they could give me a link to the "Preventing and Resolving Grievances Policy".
A few hours later, at 1.12am on Wednesday 13 December 2000, I sent the Education Queensland Human Resources Department another email -
"Further to my earlier query, I believe this may be a Public Interest Disclosure.
I have a copy of the Whistleblowers Protection Act and I see that I am supposed to report it to the CJC (now called the Crime and Misconduct Commission) liaison person.
Who would be the CJC liaison person in the Cairns area?"
Nobody ever replied to this email.
I found this CJC silence really frightening.
It seemed to confirm the advice of the QTU - that the whole system was corrupt, and that there was no hope of justice.
But I realise now that, when you whistleblow, you have to blow the whistle over and over and over again, because no Queensland public servant wants to be responsible for 'hearing' you whistle.
Education Queensland Human Resources did eventually respond to my first email.
Several weeks later they mailed me a copy of the 21 July 2000 Human Resource Guide to Preventing and Resolving Grievances.
And I read on Page 6 of this Grievance Resolution Guide that -
"Some grievances may still be directed to the Assistant Director Human Resources.
These include ... issues that are systemic in nature, that is arising out of centrally developed policies."
Seven classroom teachers had integrity.
I was a specialist teacher. They had seen me teach in their classrooms for periods of up to two years.
Mrs GR had not seen me teach for the past twelve months.
The teachers met with acting principal Mrs GR in December 2000 and told her that she was making a mistake.
They told Mrs GR that there was no problem with my work.
But Mrs GR made no record of their evidence.
And since that date to this, I have not managed to make contact with any other Queensland public servant or Government Minister who has had the integrity to deal with acting principal Mrs GR's 'incompetence'.
On 31 August 2001 I mailed a hard copy of my Stage 2 Grievance / disclosure to Jim Varghese, the Director-General of Education.
My Grievance / disclosure concerned the systemic abuse of the Diminished Workplace Performance policy to bully Queensland teachers into ill health and out of work.
On page 8 of this disclosure I stated -
I wrote to (Mrs GR, the Acting Principal) because she did not listen when I spoke.
I noticed that she responded better if you wrote things down.
Her “learning style” seemed to be to read rather than to listen.
I have only ever received three written statements about this issue from her -
20 Nov(2000) a letter ... I page.
23 Nov (2000) a letter ... 1/3 page.
29 Nov (2000) a letter ... I page.
and (05/02/2001) (the usual principal)’s report (on my Stage 1 Grievance)... I 1/2 pages.
These four pages of written statements - often quite deliberately vague - are the only “facts” that have been shared with me about this situation that cannot be changed. ...
When you put almost nothing in writing, of course, your position can change from moment to moment.
Nothing can be proved.
You cannot be held responsible for the things you say.
So, after 31 August 2001, all of the Cairns District Office and Education Queensland Head Office staff, QTU Officers, Ombudsmen and CMC Officers who read my Stage 2 Grievance would have been aware that I had not seen the mass of falsified documents that had been secretly placed on my official records.
In January 2002, under premier Peter Beattie, the Queensland CJC was amalgamated with the Crime Commission to become the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission.
Peter Beattie's Crime and Misconduct Act 2001 required that the CMC take complaints - such as my own complaint - and then hand them over to the relevant department to be dealt with if they were not considered "serious".
Peter Beattie's CMC system was set up to fail.
The aggressive fight against corruption and official misconduct previously conducted by the CJC was replaced by a benign regime of "capacity building" within departments and public sector organisations.
Any thinking person can see how a system in which in-house investigators report to senior managers, some of whom could perceive that their career interests may not be well served by rigorous investigation resulting in adverse findings about matters occurring on their watch, may compromise investigations.
And that seems to be what happened in my own case.
Again and again, the people who were involved in the situation seem to have been allowed to 'investigate' their own behaviour and to 'find no evidence' of their own incompetence / corruption.
14 Queensland teachers had been placed on 'Diminished Work Performance' during the whole of 2001.
Were fewer teachers bullied after I had alerted Jim Varghese to the abuse of the DWP process?
During the first three months of 2002 32 Queensland teachers were placed on 'Diminished Work Peformance'.
So, after I alerted Jim Varghese to the abuse of the DWP process to bully teachers into il health, the abuse seems to have significantly increased.
I attended the Cairns Community Cabinet Meeting.
After the Cabinet meeting we were invited to speak to the Ministers.
I sat down at a table with Anna Bligh, Minister of Education, and Jim Varghese, Director-General of Education.
I told them that, when Queensland classroom teachers were bullied, the immediate advice of the Queensland Teachers' Union was that there was no hope of justice and to "accept the things you cannot change" because the Education Queensland Grievance process did not work.
Jim Varghese seemed to know nothing at all about me or about the disclosure that I had sent to him on 31 August 2001.
But Anna Bligh seemed to know all about the situation.
This was odd, because Anna Bligh had no way of knowing that I would be speaking to her - I had sat down on an impulse.
This suggested to me that the acting principal who had bullied me had already 'groomed' Anna Bligh.
I knew that the acting principal had discussed me with Judy Spence - presumably at Labor party social events in Cairns - so there was every possibility that the acting principal had also discussed me with Anna Bligh.
Anna Bligh suggested that the situation was a problem with an individual QTU organiser.
I told her that this was not correct.
I told her that I had spoken to several other QTU organisers in the QTU Head Office.
They had all agreed with the advice that I had been given.
They had all said that, "based on many years of experience with the department", this advice was the best advice that I could be given.
I told her that the organisers had all used the same words.
Jim Varghese asked me what I had been told would happen to a bullied teacher who did not "accept the things you cannot change".
I told him that the QTU had advised me that teachers who "fought it" were mentally and / or physically destroyed.
On 25 July 2002, the Queensland Teachers' Union admitted that QTU members were being bullied out of work -
" ... With the average age of the teacher workforce now into the late forties, the union is seeing more and more members, who are the victim of bullying and harassment, retiring on the grounds of ill-health out of the workforce, unable to comprehend what has happened to them.
Some of those members had exhausted all avenues open to them to no avail. ..."
Bullying - Beyond a joke, Leah Mertens, officer responsible for WH&S issues, p.13, Queensland Teachers' Journal, 25 July 2002.
On Christmas Eve 2002 it was announced that Jim Varghese was stepping down as Director-General.
Ken Smith would be the new Director-General of Education for Queensland.
I emailed Peter Beattie on 26 February 2003 at 5:44PM and and “disclosed” to him the political situation at my school and in the District Office that seemed to be affecting the management of my Grievances.
The email is still on my file : OPS 70524 FOLIO 23
I emailed Peter Beattie again on 29 June 2003 at 2:06 PM and “disclosed” the political situation again.
This email is still on my file : OPS 70524 FOLIO 23
Rachel Hunter was Public Service Commissioner at that time.
I had emailed Peter Beattie on 26 February 2003 at 5:44PM and again on 29 June 2003 at 2:06 PM and “disclosed” to him the political situation that seemed to be affecting the management of my Grievances.
On 14 August 2003 Rachel Hunter, Public Service Commissioner, wrote to Ken Smith, Director-General of Education Queensland, and asked him to provide her with a brief on the issue.
Rachel Hunter had asked Ken Smith, Director-General of Education Queensland, to provide her with a brief on my concerns.
On 16 October 2003, Rachel Hunter signed a Chief of Staff Briefing Note recommending that nobody respond to my correspondence.
Peter Beattie personally approved Rachel Hunter’s recommendation, as did Neil Smith, Jeff Loof and George O‘Farrell.
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On 06/11/2003 at 12:40 I emailed a copy of “Workplace Bullying in Queensland Schools” to the Ombudsman.
Subject : Attention Peter Jenkins.
I copied the document to the CMC
The DEA have a printed copy of this document ( 2606 E 111 ).
Some time later I discovered that someone had hacked into my computer and changed this document, taking sentences out of my text and re-arranging them at the top and then adding a little “spin” of their own.
Then this person had put their own document in my trash can.
It was an intelligent precis, so I was not too concerned.
The person's text indicated that they were not trying to discredit me.
After July 12 2005 I received the 2606 FOI documents.
I found a copy of this other person’s document at ( 2606 F 212 ).
It is printed in a recognisably different style to my own documents.
On the last page of this other person’s version of my document are some strange numbers and letters.
The implication of finding this other person’s document among my DEA files is that-
The CMC (or the DEA or the Queensland police) are able to hack into my computer and change my documents.
They can send the changed documents to the DEA.
They can put the changed documents in my trash can.
I presume that this was done as part of a CMC or police investigation into me.
Desley Boyle, Labor Member for Cairns, was a member of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.
Geoff Wilson, Labor Member for Ferny Grove, was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.
(In March 2009 Geoff Wilson would be made Queensland's Minister of Education.)
On July 14 2004 at 9:05 PM I emailed Ken Smith, the Director General of Education Queensland.
I copied this email to The Premier, The Ombudsman, The CMC and Anna Bligh.
The email was 'received' by the CMC at 1:16 on July 15.
" I have just been told by another teacher how ill and run down usual principal Mr EL was looking on the TV news tonight.
I am wondering if it is possible to resolve this situation informally.
It must be obvious to everybody by now that I was bullied.
Usual principal Mr EL and the other people who went along with the bullying were victims in the way that I was.
I do not like the way that they behaved but they were victims ...
Why not move Mrs G.R. to a job where she will have less opportunity to harm people?
Maybe a writing or a lecturing job.
And give me a letter to say that deciding to put me on DWP was impulsive and irrational.
I will settle for that. "
On 20 October 2004 I was standing on the corner of George and Mary Street in Brisbane City.
The offices of many Queensland Government Directors-General were to my right.
Education House Head Office was on Mary Street to my left.
I was holding a placard on which I had written "My Education Queensland records have been extensively falsified".
Public servants streamed past on their way to Education Queensland Head Office in Mary Street.
A woman who seemed to be a public servant stood behind me and whispered to me that the Department of Education were just about to hold a ceremony in the Parliament House annex.
She asked me not to tell anybody that she had told me.
I asked her where the Parliament House Annex was and she pointed it out.
So I walked down George Street holding my placard and when I reached parliament House I turned to the right and walked to the gates of the Parliament House Annex.
I stood holding my placard as streams of Queensland public servants walked in groups or drove past me into the Annex.
I had no idea what sort of ceremony was going on.
Inside the Parliament House Annex Anna Bligh, the Labor Minister of Education, was conducting a ceremony to 'recognise' four state school principals : Anne Mauger, Don Anderson, Jill Hole and Angela Douglas.
The Labor Minister of Education announced that these four principals were going to join the High Achiever Principals Network.
This would enable them to share their leadership practices with other principals through work shadowing, mentoring, workshops and professional development.
(An Education Queensland Media release dated 20 October 2004)
On 13 December 2004, the monthly CMC-Education Queensland Liaison meeting was attended by :
From Education Queensland: Director N.N., EQ Head Office Employee M.N., EQ Assistant Director R.S., EQ Head Office Employee M. S.
From the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission: Director N.R., CMC employee A.Y. and one other person.
During this meeting -
"EQ Director N.N. advised that the CP (the complainant - that's me) is seeking the dismissal of one of the subject officers (acting principal Mrs GR) , but that is not going to happen."
Notes made by CMC employee A.Y. in Activity Register Report MI-04-1824, attached to letter to me from the CMC FOI Coordinator dated 13 September 2006
Education Queensland Director N.N.'s gossip concerning me was simply being accepted by the CMC officers as fact and copied into my CMC records!
What CMC employee A.Y. does not make clear in her notes is that the complaint that I had emailed to the CMC at 5:20PM on Saturday 3 January 2004, the complaint that the CMC had given to Education Queensland to investigate, was about Education Queensland Director N.N.'s refusal to deal with the workplace bullying.
Education Queensland Director N.N. had a profound conflict of interest in this situation - he was being allowed to control the Education Queensland "internal review" into his own conduct.
Greg Sorenson wrote to Jason Davies, Education Queensland Freedom of Information officer, concerning my Freedom of Information application ( 2703 B 34 ).
Monday 31 January 2005
1:11 PM Anne Lindon of the Office of the Information Commissioner emailed Lemm Ex, Education Queensland Discrimination Solicitor ( 2703 C 177 )
She advised him that she would discuss my FOI application with Greg Sorensen the next day.
Monday 7 February 2005
Julie-Ann McCullough resigned from her position as president of the QTU.
She had been offered a job in the Queensland public service as Acting Director-Community Renewal in the Department of Housing.
In the next edition of the Queensland Teachers Union Journal, published three days later, Julie-Ann McCullough was photographed standing beside Mrs GR - the acting principal who had bullied me.
This was the last photograph of Julie-Ann McCullough as president of the QTU.
Tuesday 8 February 2005
9.36 AM Jason Davies, Education Queensland FOI officer, emailed Kathryn Mahoney, his supervisor, to advise her that my application to the Information Commissioner for an External Review had been accepted, presumably by Greg Sorensen (2703 C 159 ).
But I have not received these Freedom of Information documents to this day, 8 August 2010, because -
The Queensland Cabinet held a Community Cabinet meeting in Charleville .
Public Works and Housing Minister Robert Schwarten ridiculed The Courier-Mail for publishing an article about Freedom of Information.
"Freedom of Information is all they're talking about in the Charleville pubs today," Robert Schwarten mocked, to the delight of his laughing Cabinet colleagues.
Supposedly independent Queensland public service FOI officers routinely show documents requested under the FOI laws to Queensland government ministers and their staff before the documents are approved for release.
Police Minister Judy Spence, for example, is tipped off by the Police Commissioner, Bob Atkinson, about embarassing freedom of information requests.
A selection panel selected Cathi Taylor to be the new Queensland Information Commissioner.
Rachel Hunter, director-general of the Justice Department, was the chairwoman of the selection panel.
Rachel Hunter was a personal friend of Cathi Taylor.
Cathi Taylor was married to Education Queensland director-general Ken Smith.
She is a former member of the Labor party.
She had previously worked in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
She is a social worker trained bureaucrat with no FOI appeal experience.
Rachel Hunter's boss, Attorney-General Rod Welford, had appointed Rachel Hunter to head the selection panel and he had endorsed Ms Taylor's appointment.
Leo Keliher, director-general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, was Cathi Taylor's leading referee.
And he was also the most senior public servant on the selection panel.
Cathi Taylor's other referees were Professor Glyn Davis and Simone Webbe, both former or acting directors-general of Peter Beattie's department.
Lesley Clark, Labor Member for Barron River and chairperson of the Queensland Parliament's Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee was a member of the selection committee.
Also on the selection committee were -
There was no Opposition representative on the selection panel.
On her first day in the job, Cathi Taylor sacked Greg Sorensen, deputy Information Commissioner and Queensland's most experienced Freedom of Information officer.
Greg Sorensen was perceived to be an independent and fearless deputy Information Commissioner.
FOI officers said that Cathi Taylor's appointment made a mockery of the Queensland public service 'merit selection' system.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said that the sacking had "realised our worst fears about a political takeover of the Office of the Information Commissioner".
""This government has to stop appointing people for political reasons just to control the flow of information."
"The government's ... now disassembling every accountability mechanism that underpins a transparent government in Queensland."
Premier Peter Beattie said that the appointment of Cathi Taylor as Queensland's Information Commissioner was "done, finished and over", and would not be reversed.
Mr Beattie said that he would tolerate no further dissent.
He would, however, allow greater scrutiny of Cathi Taylor's work, through the Parliament's Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee.
Lesley Clark , Labor Member for Barron River, was, of course, the Chairperson of the Queensland Parliament's Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee.
And she was a member of the panel that had selected Cathi Taylor.
The Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission ( CMC ) also seems to have reported to Lesley Clark at that time - in her role as Chairperson of the Queensland Parliament's Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee.
And so I never received these Freedom of Information documents.
And two years later, on 3 February 2006, the Verifact Investigator noted, during a conversation with Kim Newman of Education Queensland :
"Advised that 2361-2421 files will not be released."
( 340/5/1295 document number concealed but seems to be 969 ).
And three more years later, on 9 March 2009 - twelve days before the Queensland State election - the Queensland Information Commissioner advised me that the Office of the Information Commissioner had once again refused to ask the Department of Education to search for these documents - these documents that I have been requesting since September 2003 under 'Freedom of Information'.
Who made this decision to refuse to release these 2361 - 2421 files of FOI documents?
On what grounds?
On what date?
On April 10 2005 CMC Acting Director L.C. wrote to me.
Acting Director L.C. had not attended the Monthly CMC-EQ Liaison meeting.
I presume that he simply copied from the meeting notes written by CMC employee A.Y.
' c. You have expressed displeasure at the failure of Education Queensland to take more severe disciplinary action against acting principal Mrs GR, such as dismissing her."
Then CMC Acting Director L.C. makes sure that this untruthful Education Queensland gossip is repeated back to Education Queensland so that it is not only on my official CMC record, it is also on my official Education Queensland record as well :
" A copy of this letter is to be forwarded to the Director-General, Education Queensland, to form part of the Department's records. "
Peter Beattie changed the Freedom of Information Act.
Now, access to any information prepared for, used in or obtained during some investigations would be blocked.
The new rules would act retrospectively and would apply to duplicates of the same documents held within government departments.
Anything investigated by a prescribed crime body, including the Crime and Misconduct Commission, would not be released.
Existing applications could be stopped.
"Why is this government needing to increase transparency restirctions ... ? This is something unusual happening," said Dr Bill de Maria, University of Queensland business school ethicist.
Beattie labelled 'African dictator', Jason Gregory, The Courier-Mail, 14 May 2005
On Wednesday 13 July 2005 at 9:06 I emailed The Premier, Anna Bligh, Ken Smith, The CMC, The Ombudsman, Infocomm, Education Queensland Director N.Y., EQ FOI Officer W.H., EQ Employee S.E., and EQ HREOC-trained discrimination solicitor M.E. -
" Let's "get on the same page". ...
(EQ Director N.N.) and I met a few weeks ago.
He asked me what I wanted.
I said I wanted the letters written to me by (school administrator G.R.) withdrawn.
I have written a draft letter for the Director General or the Minister to sign.
Please read the one page letter attached.
Your culture of not reading complaints and just denigrating the person making the complaint means that I have had to keep stating and re-stating the same facts for four and a half years.
Stop pretending to each other that I am the problem.
The bully is the problem.
Your public service reluctance to deal with the bully is the problem."
On 28 July 2005 at 11:48 EQ Director N.N. emailed to ask me:
...if acting principal Mrs GR was to write separately to you withdrawing those letters would it be something you would accept to bring closure ... ?
But a 'separate' letter from acting principal Mrs GR was not acceptable to me.
Acting principal Mrs GR's letter to tell me that I would be on DWP in 2001 was on my official record (2421 C 30).
And usual principal's Mr EL's Stage 1 Grievance Investigation report to advise me that he did not support my Stage 1 grievance about acting principal GR's (and his own) abuse of the DWP process and that he -
" ...would consider that the Diminished Work Performance would not continue and that a period of informal support be implemented before moving into the formal phases ... "
(In other words, that I would be in the first stage of the MUP process if I ever returned to work.)
- was also on my official record. (2421 BC 198-199)
And there were the two or more huge files of falsified and re-falsifed documents concerning me that had been placed secretly on my departmental record.
I describe these files of falsified / concealed /changed etc. documents in The (my own name) List 31/10/2006.
Copies of The (my own name) List 31/10/2006 of falsified / changed / concealed / untruthful documents that I had found on my Education Queensland records were provided to the director-generals of most Queensland Government departments in late 2006.
I wanted the decision to put me on DWP officially struck off my departmental record.
And I wanted a proper, formal, written apology, written by somebody who had not lied about me.
On Sunday 31 July 2005 at 6:03 PM I emailed Ken Smith, the Director-General of Education Queensland.
I discussed aspects of the bullying and then clearly stated:
"I would be happy to accept either of the draft apologies that I have emailed recently."
Ken Smith read this email on Monday 1 August 2005 at 9:59 AM.
Ken Smith copied my email to EQ Director N.Y. and to EQ Head Office Employee I.E.
At 11:16 AM EQ Director N.Y. sent the email back to Ken Smith and copied it to EQ Director N.N.
Then at 3:23 PM EQ Head Office Employee I.E. emailed it to FOI Officer T.H. and copied it to EXECLGL, Correspondence.
EQ Head Office Employee I.E. re-sent the email to FOI Officer T.H. and copied it to EXECLGL, Correspondence again on September 6 12:45 PM.
The Department have a record of these emails at 2875 A 497-498.
So, on 1 August 2005, all of these Education Queensland employees - Ken Smith, EQ Directors N.Y. and N.N., EQ Head Office Employee I.E.and EQ FOI Officer T.H. - knew that I was willing to accept an apology.
And nowhere in this email did I ask for action to be taken against any person.
But again, on January 4 2007 CMC Director N.R. wrote to me :
"... you have consistently claimed that action should have been taken against individuals ... identified"
Who told the CMC Director this lie about me?
Lesley Clark, Labor Member for Barron River, announced that she would retire at the next state election, due in 2007.
Premier Peter Beattie had a temper-tantrum and stormed out during the televised press conference.
This distracted a lot of attention from Lesley Clark's announcement.
Lesley Clark continued in her role as chairperson of the Queensland Parliament's Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee till the 9 September 2006 state election.
So, for more than one more year, the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commisssion and the Queensland Ombudsman, essentially, reported to Lesley Clark.
Fifth state MP to quit, Rosemary Desmond, The Dily Telegraph, 10 August 2005
Rachel Hunter , the current Director-General of Justice and the Attorney-General, was appointed the new Director-General of the Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts.
Rachel Hunter took over as Director-General of Education from Ken Smith.
At first Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said that Ken Smith had been appointed to the position London-based position of Queensland's Agent General and Trade Commissioner for Europe and Africa.
But it was later announced that Ken Smith would not be able to take up the Agent General position.
He was appointed Co-ordinator-General and Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure.
A department insider said that some investigations had dragged on for years, stalled because of a lack of staff in the ethical standards unit.
The source said part of the problem was that ethical standards unit investigators were "either on contract, do not hold permanent positions or are on secondment".
"Some investigations have been outstanding for a number of years," he said.
The source claimed several senior investigators had left 'through frustration at the inability of senior management to appropriately resource the unit".
Andre Legosz was Director of Ethical Standards
Peter Edwards was Assistant Director
Regan Neumann was a Principal Advisor
Jason Smith was a Senior Adviser
82 s-x offence inquiries, Darrel Giles, The Courier-Mail, 27 May 2007
Rachel Hunter, Gary Barnes and Jenny Cranston came to the QTU Conference.
After Rachel Hunter had spoken, they walked out of the hall.
I ran after them.
I gave each of them one of my cards.
I told them that I had been asking for workplace bullying to be investigated for seven years.
They all nodded seriously.
I told them that I'd tried to contact Rachel Hunter many times.
I told them that I had written to Jenny Cranston about the situation many years ago.
They all nodded.
Then they left.
That afternoon we were asked to send email messages to politicians using the computers.
Fiona McNamarra was sitting in front of a computer, talking to a young male teacher.
I was waiting to use that computer to send an email message - as we had been asked to do.
The young male teacher was telling Fiona that he was being bullied at work.
He told her that he would rather take a transfer to a horrible area than put up with the bullying any longer.
Fiona put her hands over the computer screen and began shouting at me to stop looking at her computer screen.
So I couldn't send an email message to a politician.
I went to the corner of Mary and George Street, Brisbane to demonstrate.
Mary Street is where Education Queensland have their Head Office.
I stood with my poster opposite the Senior Executive Offices (where the Director-Generals have their offices) where Mary Street meets George Street, just as the public servants were arriving for the day.
It was bitterly cold, so I only stayed for 20 minutes.
The QTU members had also been demonstrating in another part of Brisbane.
We all arrived back at the Convention Centre at 10.00am.
The QTU members were all wearing matching navy-blue T-shirts.
They seemed to be angry with me for some reason.
After morning tea John Battams talked about 'awenemies'.
He told the meeting that this website was not endorsed by the QTU.
I stood up and said that I was running for president of the union and the website was part of my campaign material.
But the QTU executive drowned me out with their microphones.
Then there was a divison - people were moving to the sides of the room and nobody was speaking.
So I shouted that when teachers were bullied at work, the QTU executive gave you no help at all.
There was silence.
I was not sure what to say next, so I said that they had just spent 40 minutes talking about uranium and there were no uranium mines in Queensland.
People began (I am told) to sing "solidarity forever".
I am not sure why.
Other people were laughing.
They said (I am told) that this was the most exciting part of the conference.
John Battams stood behind me and shouted at me.
He called in some security guards.
He said he would call the police if I said anything else.
So I left.
David Solomon was appointed to head a committee established by Labor Premier Anna Bligh this week to overhaul the Queensland Freedom of Information laws.
The LNP opposition has again accused the Queensland Labor government of favouritism over a high-profile Queensland public service appointment.
Queensland's controversial information commissioner Cathi Taylor will take up the job of executive director of the information management division of Queensland Transport.
Ms Taylor resigned from her job as information commissioner in September after her senior bureaucrat husband, Ken Smith, was elevated to director-general of the Department of Premier and Cabinet when Anna Bligh became Queensland's premier.
Cathi Taylor's initial appointment as information commissioner in 2005 was controversial, amid concerns about her qualifications.
Ms Taylor's immediate sacking of the highly-regarded, highly-qualified deputy information commissioner Greg Sorensen was also controversial.
Opposition Leader Jeff Seeney criticised Cathi Taylor's latest appointment as another example of Labor's "jobs for the boys" culture.
Premier Anna Bligh's public servant husband Greg Withers was last month controversially appointed head of the new Office of Climate Change.
Mr Seeney said Ms Taylor's latest move proved the appointment process under Ms Bligh was "corrupted".
"If either Anna Bligh's husband, Greg Withers, or Ken Smith's wife, Cathi Taylor, were so eminently suitable for these plum government jobs, if they were so highly qualified, why weren't the jobs advertised?," he said.
"Every public service appointment must be above politics and every appointment must be made on merit and merit alone."
But Ms Bligh today said Ms Taylor's appointment was not unusual.
"In fact there have been 45 transfers at level within the SES in the last 15 or 16 months.
"This is a very normal part of what we call a mobile Senior Executive Service."
Editor's Note : This "mobile Senior Executive Service" can be held accountable for very little because they swap jobs so quickly.
The Queensland public are paying these 'Senior Executives' huge salaries to do little more than smile very charmingly and carefully 'know' very little about what is really going on in Queensland.
Bligh defends another government posting, Roberta Mancuso, AAP, 6
Lemm Ex, Manager, Central Screening Unit, Corporate and Executive Services Division, Department of Child Safety, was given an Australia Day Award : http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/MMS/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=56176
Lesley McFarlane, Queensland Teachers Union research officer, became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) : http://city-south-news.whereilive.com.au:80/news/story/long-time-educator-awarded/
Nicolas Ede, now working as a senior advisor, corporate services at Queensland Health, was also given an Australia Day Award : http://www.health.qld.gov.au/news/health_matters/2009/hm_feb09_web.pdf
Geoff Wilson had been appointed the new Minister for Education and Training.
Mr Wilson had a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University in Canberra.
Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr Wilson had worked as a solicitor in Sydney.
Mr Wilson was accepted to the bar as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW and ACT and the Federal and High Court.
He subsequently worked as a union official in the construction industry.
Then he moved to Queensland where he continued his union work.
In June 1998 Mr Wilson was first elected to State Parliament as the Member for Ferny Grove.
Mr Wilson had served as chair of the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.
Very few of the Verifact investigation documents were released to me : http://www.oic.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/decisions/html/210447%20-%20Dec%20-%2009-03-09_0.htm
Julie Kinross had been "acting" in the position of Queensland's Information Commissioner since April 2008.
She will now do the job for another three years.
I emailed my submission to Anna Bligh's Green Paper on Corruption in Queensland to The Premier's office : http://www.premiers.qld.gov.au/community-issues/open-transparent-gov/submissions/submissions-201-220/robina-cosser.aspx
Twelve days after I sent in my submission to Anna Bligh's Green Paper, Rachel Hunter announced that she would retire as Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General.
She had been in the job for just five months.
On Tuesday 13 October 2009, Mrs GR, the Acting Principal who had bullied me, had advised the parents at her school that she would be taking two or three weeks sick leave from Monday 19 October 2009.
11.38.49 AM : Macrossans, the QTU solicitors, seem to have received a link to the Home Page of this website in an email.
They looked at the Home Page : http://www.badapplebullies.com/
11.39.24 AM : Macrossans looked at the Contacts page : http://www.badapplebullies.com/contact.htm
14.22.21 PM : Macrossans looked at the Contacts page again : http://www.badapplebullies.com/contact.htm
14.22.47 PM Macrossans looked at the Queensland Ombudsman page : http://www.badapplebullies.com/thequeenslandombudsman.htm
7.07 AM : My website server contacted me.
There had been a complaint about my website.
Somebody was trying to have the website 'taken down'.
01.26 AM : It was now two months since I had made my submission to the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Many other submissions had been published.
My submission had not been published.
I emailed the Department of Premier and Cabinet, asking if they intended to publish my submission.
10.38 AM : The Department of Premier and Cabinet emailed to advise me that my submission would be published that week.
00.44.42 AM : Mrs GR, the Acting Principal who had bullied me, seems to have put this website on her "Favourites".
She seems to have called the page 'Mrs GR / Harrassment / Maccrosins (sic) / Response to request to close site cached deleted'.
So Mrs GR seems to have been the person who was trying to have this website closed down.
And she seems to have been in contact with Macrossans, the QTU solicitors, concerning this.
10.38.21 AM : Macrossans, the QTU solicitors, seemed to be looking at the Falsified Records page of this website : http://www.badapplebullies.com/thefalsifiedrecords.htm
Macrossans seemed to be google-searching for the name of Mrs GR, the Acting Principal who had bullied me.
Mrs GR's name was not on this website.
But it was on a website that linked to this website.
And I had no control over that other website.
10.39.23 AM Macrossans looked at the Home Page : http://www.badapplebullies.com/
10.39.29 AM - 10.44.47 AM Macrossans looked at The Falsified Records : http://www.badapplebullies.com/thefalsifiedrecords.htm
11.04.54 AM - 11.13.21 AM Macrossans searched for Mrs GR's name on The Falsified Records : http://www.badapplebullies.com/thefalsifiedrecords.htm
11.13.21 AM Macrossans looked at the Home Page : http://www.badapplebullies.com/
11.13.40 AM Macrossans looked at The Falsified Records : http://www.badapplebullies.com/thefalsifiedrecords.htm
11.20.36 AM Macrossans looked at The Home Page : http://www.badapplebullies.com/
11.20.45 AM Macrossans looked at the The Falsified Records : http://www.badapplebullies.com/thefalsifiedrecords.htm
I could see Macrossans searching my website, so -
11.35 AM : I emailed Macrossans, the QTU solicitors, to explain my complaint : "Please note that I am a member of the QTU and that I have often asked the QTU for legal advice in dealing with the situation".
My submission to Anna Bligh's Green Paper on Corruption in Queensland was finally published on the Premiers Department website : http://www.premiers.qld.gov.au/community-issues/open-transparent-gov/submissions/submissions-201-220/robina-cosser.aspx
Premier Anna Bligh finds $1 billion for Queensland teachers, Darrell Giles, The Sunday Mail, 7 November 2009: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/premier-anna-bligh-finds-1-billion-for-queensland-teachers/story-e6freoof-1225795336944
On Tuesday 10 November 2009 Mrs GR advised the parents at her school that she had returned from sick leave.
Mrs GR seems to have retired.
09:28:30 Macrossans look at the main page of this website.
09:31:01 Macrossans look at The Falsified Records : http://www.badapplebullies.com/thefalsifiedrecords.htm
09:37:36 Macrossans look at Investigations: http://www.badapplebullies.com/investigations.htm
09:49:18 Marcossans look at Verifact Investigations : http://www.badapplebullies.com/verifactinvestigations.htm
Jeff Backen, Queensland Teachers' Union Administrative Officer with responsibility for educational leaders and for providing support for legal assistance had been on leave since 2008.
At the November 2010 QTU State Council it was announced that Jeff would be replaced.
In January 2011 Ken Smith was director-general of the Queensland Premier's Department and Anna Bligh's trusted confidant.
On the weekend before 13 January 2011, Ken Smith received reports from the director of operations at Queensland's water grid, Dan Spiller, informing him a water-release strategy (W2) -- with lower releases than dictated by Wivenhoe's operating manual -- was being used.
On 13 January 2011, Brisbane was extensively flooded.
More than $5 billion in damage occurred.
Anna Bligh's man Ken Smith 'should face Wivenhoe probe', Michael McKenna and Rosanne Barrett, The Australian, 28 January 2012 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/elections/blighs-man-should-face-wivenhoe-probe/story-fnbsqt8f-1226255763701
The Highly Intelligent Team Leader Bully who seems to have been involved in my 'case', as detailed in : http://www.badapplebullies.com/victimimpactstatement.htm was given an Order of Australia medal.
Cyclone Yasi was heading for Cairns and the electricity was going to be turned off at any moment.
I raced to copy onto my website a letter that I had given to the members of the Lynch-Mob State School Behaviour Management Committee on 20 November 2000 : http://www.badapplebullies.com/mrsgractingprincipal.htm
In this letter I had asked for a meeting of the Behaviour Management Committee to discuss my concerns with the Behaviour Management Program at the school.
We seemed to be teaching the children to lie.
I had explained that I had not told a child to "put her nose to the wall". The child had been sitting on a mat in the middle of the classroom. I had told the child to turn around and face the back wall because she kept calling out "show off!" at the children who were acting an Indonesian play.
After ten years of making Freedom of Information requests and trying to make sense of the many falsified 'records' that I had discovered on my Education Queensland official records, it had occurred to me that I had been concentrating on responding to the many falsified 'records' - but there was also another problem with the official records - many real documents were missing.
Could those real documents have deliberately removed to create a falsified 'record' of events?
Could my letter to the Behaviour Management Committee have been deliberately concealed from the investigators?
This would explain so much that had puzzled me about my case.
Fifteen days after I published the letter to the Lynch-Mob State School Behaviour Management Committee, Local Government Minister Desley Boyle announced in parliament that she would step down from her portfolio on Monday and not contest the next election, due in March 2012.
The QTU journal was published.
It was announced that Jeff Backen, Queensland Teachers' Union Administrative Officer with responsibility for educational leaders and for providing support for legal assistance would be replaced.
Premier Anna Bligh announced that Ken Smith, director general of the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, had been appointed to the London-based position of Queensland's Agent General and Trade Commissioner for Europe and Africa.
Senior reshuffle for public service, Cameron Atfield, The Brisbane Times : http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/senior-reshuffle-for-public-service-20110318-1c03z.html
But the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission do not admit that they have received the workplace bullying complaint for nine more months - till the evening before the Queensland state election, when the Queensland Labor Government was obviously going to be wiped out.
Burpengary State School principal in accusations of bullying, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 24 March 2012 : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/principal-in-accusations-of-bullying/story-e6freoof-1226308653109
Education Minister Cameron Dick announces that he is setting up a reference group to examine workplace bullying : http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au/mms/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=75615
The Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission has lost six key staff - either sacked or walking - in recent months, including:
Peter Scanlan, Executive Director - terminated and escorted from the premises;
Russell Pearce, Director of Misconduct Investigations - had his contract paid out - now employed as Deputy Director of the new Tasmanian Integrity Commission;
Helen Couper, who had been Director of Integrity Services since 2000 - refused an extension of her contract.
Integrity Services is the area responsible for -
Sharon Loder, Assistant Director of Misconduct Investigations - resigned in June 2011 - now employed as Executive Director, Operations with ICAC in New South Wales.
LNP Shadow Attorney-General Jarrod Bleije attempted to seek answers from CMC Chairman Martin Moynihan at the Estimates hearings at Parliament on 19 July 2011, particularly why Russell Pearce, Director of Misconduct Investigations, had his contract terminated.
On question after question, Mr Moynihan was vague – mostly saying he couldn't recall or didn't have details or reasons for the dismissals and contract terminations of senior staff.
Mr Bleijie said serious questions needed answering on how these senior officers could be sacked - but at the same time issued with glowing references to help them apply for senior roles interstate.
My article -
'Why Cameron Dick's workplace bullying reference group will fail Queensland teachers - again'
was published in the Sunshine Coast daily : http://www.mysunshinecoast.com.au/articles/article-display/why-cameron-dicks-workplace-bullying-reference-group-will-fail-bullied-queensland-teachers--again,22438
and on the Bullied Academics website : http://bulliedacademics.blogspot.com/2011/08/why-cameron-dicks-workplace-bullying.html
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The Australian has revealed that Ken Smith had received reports from the director of operations at Queensland's water grid, Dan Spiller, on the weekend before Brisbane was extensively flooded, informing him a water-release strategy (W2) -- with lower releases than dictated by Wivenhoe's operating manual -- was being used.
The inquiry had been told in previous hearings that dam operators had used a higher release strategy (W3) in the weekend before the January 13 floods.
Deputy leader Tim Nicholls said Ken Smith, the former director-general of the Premier's Department, should return to Brisbane next week to face questions.
Mr Nicholls said Mr Smith should reveal his knowledge of events in the lead-up to the Brisbane flood, where more than $5 billion in damage occurred.
"There are are a number of questions that need answering," he said. "In light of the Premier's statement that no stone should be left unturned, it would seem appropriate that Mr Smith, who is Ms Bligh's trusted confidant, gives evidence to the flood commission of inquiry."
Anna Bligh's man Ken Smith 'should face Wivenhoe probe', Michael McKenna and Rosanne Barrett, The Australian, 28 January 2012 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/elections/blighs-man-should-face-wivenhoe-probe/story-fnbsqt8f-1226255763701
My submission 110 was going to be published in full here :
Ken Smith, who had been Queensland's Director-General of Education from 24 December 2002 - 15 September 2006 , and who is now Queensland's well-paid Agent-General in London, was back in Brisbane.
He was having lunch with Julie Grantham, Queensland's present Director-General of Education.
My submission was going to be discussed by the Parliamentary Committee on Thursday 13 September 2012.
And was 'expected' to be published shortly after this meeting.
(Two months after I had sent it in to the committee.)
But on the Friday before my submission was due to be discussed, I was approached at a social event by a person I had never met before.
She identified herself as the mother of one of the people involved in the bullying.
She did not mention my submission directly.
She talked about her daughter's children, her husband and their family.
She told me that her daughter was still at the same school.
I had been told, during the 2006 'investigation', that her daughter had moved and could not be found.
And that was the reason why the investigation had been delayed for so many months.
That weekend I thought about this teacher - not really a bully, just weak and maybe rather gullible.
And I decided that I could not expose her to public humiliation.
And her family to shame.
I could not do to her what she had done to me.
So I emailed the committee and asked them to keep my submission confidential.
Education, Training and Employment Director-General Julie Grantham emailed staff yesterday advising them she would be retiring from the post next Friday, November 9, seven months into the LNP government's first term
Ms Grantham only tendered her resignation to Premier Campbell Newman yesterday.
The move has sparked immediate speculation as to the reasons behind her departure.
During 2007 - 2008 Ms Grantham also served as a Director-General for the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General.
In 2008 Jeff Backen moved from the QTU to work for the Department of Education and the Queensland College of Teachers.
Now he has rotated back to the QTU as Assistant Secretary, with responsibility for occupational health and safety, Managing Unsatisfactory Performance and rural and remote education.
The abuse of the MUP process to drive teachers into ill health and out of work is a very important issue for Queensland teachers.
So you have to wonder - if a QTU organiser is in the process of applying for a job in the Department of Education, would they have a conflict of interest in advising a bullied classroom teacher?
Would the organiser worry about 'rocking the boat'?
Should QTU organisers be required to disclose this sort of thing when they are advising you?
New look for QTU team, p. 4, Queensland Teachers' Journal, Volume 118 number 1, 12 February 2013
Former High Court judge Ian Callinan was hired by the Queensland LNP government in October 2012 to review the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC).
Only the executive summary of Mr Callinan's review has been released to date.
Mr Callinan says the majority of complaints are “trivial, vexatious and misdirected” and those that are guilty should be prosecuted.
Editor's comments : This is a pretty amazing thing for Mr Callinan to say.
Could CMC officers be deliberately falsifiying / reducing to gibberish the records of their phone conversations with complainants to make their complaints seem trivial?
Do CMC officers claim to have doubts about complainants' credibility?
Because this is what one CMC officer seems to have done to my disclosure.
I found out when I applied for my CMC records under FOI.
Would I have been prosecuted on the basis of these falsified CMC records?
First the CMC need to deal with the corruption in their own ranks.
Then they can think about punishing people who make 'trivial' disclosures.
A baseless complaint would also be one where the complainant has not seen or heard the alleged actions themselves or their complaint does not fit the definition of ‘‘official misconduct’’.
When I began my long fight for justice, I knew nothing about the Crime and Misconduct Commission, official misconduct, public interest disclosures, etc.
And it was very difficult to find this information.
I think Mr Callinan underestimates the difficulty decent people have in grasping the official processes.
And, because the official processes do not work, ordinary, decent people tend to go a little nutty and flail around, telling everybody and anybody their story, searching for somebody, anybody to take responsibility for dealing with the problem.
Finally, I disclosed to the Queensland Minister of Education, Anna Bligh and the Director-General of Education, Jim Varghese, that when Queensland classroom teachers were being bullied, the Queensland Teachers Union's immediate advice was that there was no hope of justice because the Education Queensland Grievance process did not work.
Would my disclosure be dismissed by Mr Callinan because I was simply repeating what the QTU had told me?
This abuse of Queensland teachers needed to be dealt with.
It affected - and continues to affect - the health and welfare of 40,000 Queensland teachers.
And the QTU and Education Queensland were not dealing with it.
Anna Bligh needed to be told.
She needed to deal with the problem.
It was her responsibility, as Minister of Education.
Mr Callinan recommends that it should also be an offence for any person, including a CMC officer, to disclose that a complaint has been made.
When the CMC handle your complaint in a corrupt manner, you need to be able to complain about the corruption.
But if you complain to the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee, they just send your complaint to the CMC.
I had the impression that no member of the PCMC actually read my complaint about the conduct of the CMC.
The PCMC just seemed to read the CMC response to my complaint about the CMC.
So, after many years of trying to get the official channels to work properly, finally I published my story.
Because publishing your story seems to be the only way to shame the corrupt public servants into doing their jobs properly.
Mr Callinan found that the CMC focuses too much on education instead of investigations.
This is true.
The CMC seem to be reluctant to deal with public service corruption directly.
They seem to find it easier to run an in-service and speak about the corruption in very, very general terms.
And nothing changes.
Punish false claims to Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission, report recommends, AAP, The Australian, 3 April 2013 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/punish-false-claims-to-queenslands-crime-and-misconduct-commission-report-recommends/story-e6frgczx-1226611814533
On Tuesday 17 September 2013 I discovered that a news item in my 'drafts' had been highlighted.
The article concerned problems at a Brisbane school during 2009-
An unnamed primary school embroiled in s-xual assault allegations had recorded 18 cases of "s-xualised behaviour" between children since last year, with 11 cases reported to police.
Eight of the 18 alleged incidents had happened during the last semester of 2009.
Both girls and boys are alleged offenders.
The Department of Education admited there was a crisis of confidence at the school on Brisbane's northern outskirts, with nearly a third of students withdrawn by parents this year.
Queensland Teachers Union members had taken a vote of no confidence in the principal, who is under a separate investigation by the department.
The Courier-Mail revealed earlier this year that two girls had allegedly been s-xually assaulted by two year 1 boys in toilets at the school, while a number of girls were allegedly inappropriately touched outside the classroom.
Education Queensland director-general Julie Grantham acknowledged what was happening at the school was "not normal" and said the department was trying to do everything possible to raise confidence in the school.
Ms Grantham refused to say how many alleged offenders were involved in the 18 incidents, as it may identify children – said it was unfair to categorise the incidents as s-xual assaults, given the age of those involved.
Ms Grantham said all "s-xualised behaviour" involving alleged inappropriate touching had been reported by staff to police.
The department's student protection policy requires principals to form a reasonable suspicion that a student has been harmed or is at risk of harm prior to making a report.
Parents, carers and relatives had told The Courier-Mail of widespread unrest at the school fuelled this year by the alleged s-xual assaults and behaviour.
Parents had withdrawn 85 students this year from the school, which had 298 pupils enrolled in February.
Enrolments had dropped by almost half since 2005, when 429 were enrolled.
An investigation into the school principal's leadership was expected to be completed in the coming week.
School loses a third of students amid 18 s-x incidents, Tanya Chilcott, The Courier-Mail, 3 December 2009 http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/school-loses-a-third-of-students-amid-18-sex-incidents/story-e6freoof-1225806776245
This news article has always been of interest to me because my bully had attacked me after I had told a male student not to use the toilets in Cairns City Place.
At that time the front entrance to the Cairns City Place toilets was very dark, a passage between shops.
And there was also a rear entrance to the toilets which was concealed behind a large electrical structure.
Cairns City Place is often full of numbers of people under the influence of alcohol.
There may be shouting and violent behaviour.
I had allowed children to use these toilets during earlier excursions but had concluded that it was not a safe situation and I had told the children on this particular brief excursion to use the toilets at school because the toilets at City Place were "not very good".
My bully later beat this up into a malicious gossip-story that I "would not allow children to go to the toilet".
A few days after this news article was published, my bully announced that she was retiring.
And I have always suspected that she may have been the principal mentioned in the article.
In the evening, after finding this article highlighted, I heard on the news that the new Australian Federal Government had announced that all school toilets and changing rooms in Australian schools were going to be unis-x.
This seemed to me to be an amazingly stupid idea.
Children as young as four are falling victim or being accused of almost 400 sexual offences at Queensland schools in the past two years.
About 100 alleged underage perpetrators facing court a year.
Children are being sent to the toilet in pairs or threes to try to combat the high rate of s-x assaults.
Of 391 incidents, more than half were at primary school and 42 related to allegations of rape or attempted r-pe, according to latest Queensland Police Service figures.
11 r-pes or attempted r-pes occurred at schools in the first half of 2013 alone.
Police detective Inspector Peter Brewer said the offences all occurred at schools.
He acknowledged victims and alleged offenders were as young as Prep age.
"Child victims being very young are very vulnerable and so those are very difficult cases to prosecute but that's because of the innocence of the child victim generally, but it doesn't mean it's impossible.
Queensland Teachers' Union president Kevin Bates said schools had policies around students not being allowed to go into the toilet block on their own because schools had had "experiences where students on their own have been the subject of inappropriate behaviours."
Queensland Prep students committing s-x offences on their classmates, Alison Sandy, Tanya Chilcott, Additional reporting by Caitlin Drysdale, The Courier-Mail, 16 September 2013, http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-prep-students-committing-sex-offences-on-their-classmates/story-fnihsrf2-1226719617383
And, on the evening TV news I heard that there had been an incident at Redlynch State College.
Which reminded me of finding the article about the 2009 incident highlighted in my 'drafts' the previous day.
And suggested to me that my computer is still being hacked in 2013.
But who would want to hack into my computer in 2013? The Union? The ACTU? The Labor Party? The Police? The CMC? A reporter? A senior Queensland public servant nervous that I might 'spill the beans' on their behaviour?
It is all a bit of a mystery.
For more than ten years now Labor Party member Richard has been stalking / threatening me.
Today I was walking through Cairns City Place and I noticed Labor Party member Richard walking towards me with the usual silly smirk on his face and his right arm and fist raised high over his head.
I did not make eye contact.
Mentally disturbed people seem to be attracted to the Labor Party.
In a Labor Party context, their strange / thuggish sort of behaviour seems 'normal'.