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The public service thread

Post by papabear » October 16, 2014, 3:34 pm

I am sure everybody has funny stories to tell.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-s ... 16toc.html

In my opinion the whole thing is silly and I would resign as opposed to hanging around in a place were my reputation was associated with the above, that said maybe the people did, its hard to know.

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Post by Raider Bell » October 16, 2014, 4:21 pm

Surely someone on this forum knows the deets. Spill.
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Post by PigRickman » October 16, 2014, 5:44 pm

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Re: The public service thread

Post by bileduct » October 16, 2014, 6:28 pm

When I was working for the Health Insurance Commission (now Medicare/Dept. of Human Services) back around 1999 there was an amusing incident. The machine room people were having a Christmas party lunch and one of the participants decided to bring in a platter of marijuana cookies and passed them around. It has been debated whether or not the consumers of the cookies knew what they were eating, but two of the more elderly participants ended up in hospital as a result.

You would have thought the woman responsible was fired, but she managed to get off on some technicality that I cannot recall at the moment. HIC ended up moving her out of the machine room and into the IT department where she joined my team doing 2nd/3rd level desktop/server support. 6 months later she was outsourced to IBM with a guaranteed job and got a nice termination payout (as we all did).

Now she does VIP support for...

Dept. of Human Services.

So basically she was in a dead end job, got a whole bunch of people **** up on dope cookies at a lunchtime work function, ended up on a much better career path with a big fat termination payout in her pocket, and is now back at the same organisation on much better money.
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Post by Manchild » October 16, 2014, 7:48 pm

And everyone looks forward to christmas parties even more now she is on board

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Re: The public service thread

Post by Raider Bell » October 16, 2014, 8:10 pm

Pigman wrote:Here's a gooden from my work place

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-new ... 0rv50.html
Someone could tell me this is a fake article and I could believe that. That's ludicrous.
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Re: The public service thread

Post by Dr Zaius » October 16, 2014, 8:15 pm

Ah the public service. Is there a more dysfunctional organisation? I'm sure that the majority of pubes are hard working, but there is a minority in any organisation who are inherently lazy. The promise of a job for life tends not to inspire those people.
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Post by PigRickman » October 16, 2014, 8:16 pm

Raider Bell wrote:
Pigman wrote:Here's a gooden from my work place

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-new ... 0rv50.html
Someone could tell me this is a fake article and I could believe that. That's ludicrous.
The best part is this article comes out 2 months after the issue was resolved, the 5 years it took to resolve it, nothing :lol:
Its probably for the best that i leave my comments there, as i was pretty close to this thing and... well anyways.
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Post by KW » October 17, 2014, 11:04 am

Hey Nick, got any spare golf balls I can have? KW
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Post by PigRickman » October 17, 2014, 1:44 pm

KW wrote:Hey Nick, got any spare golf balls I can have? KW
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Post by -GD- » October 17, 2014, 2:43 pm

Dr Zaius wrote:Ah the public service. Is there a more dysfunctional organisation? I'm sure that the majority of pubes are hard working, but there is a minority in any organisation who are inherently lazy. The promise of a job for life tends not to inspire those people.
From my experience you are describing every workplace.

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Post by Raider Bell » October 17, 2014, 2:45 pm

-GD- wrote:
Dr Zaius wrote:Ah the public service. Is there a more dysfunctional organisation? I'm sure that the majority of pubes are hard working, but there is a minority in any organisation who are inherently lazy. The promise of a job for life tends not to inspire those people.
From my experience you are describing every workplace.
I'll agree with that.
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Post by Schifty » October 17, 2014, 2:54 pm

I know of places that make the public service look like a model of efficiency..

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Post by Green eyed Mick » October 17, 2014, 3:54 pm

Schifty wrote:I know of places that make the public service look like a model of efficiency..
Me too. Sadly some of them consult to government :roll:

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Post by Dr Zaius » October 17, 2014, 5:22 pm

-GD- wrote:
Dr Zaius wrote:Ah the public service. Is there a more dysfunctional organisation? I'm sure that the majority of pubes are hard working, but there is a minority in any organisation who are inherently lazy. The promise of a job for life tends not to inspire those people.
From my experience you are describing every workplace.
I think that very few workplaces have a job for life mentality. At least in private business you can ditch the lazy pricks. If you don't, you reap your own rewards.

No such luxury in the PS. Guy that lived next door to my folks was in pool of people that didn't have a position (read nobody wanted), wouldn't take a retrenchment and couldn't be sacked. He turned up every day, read the paper, went for a swim, had a long lunch, came back, finished the paper and went home. Went on for years until he retired on a healthy super package at the ripe old age of 55.
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Re: The public service thread

Post by Shadow Boxer » October 17, 2014, 6:45 pm

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Post by Dr Zaius » October 17, 2014, 6:57 pm

Where?
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Re: The public service thread

Post by Shadow Boxer » October 17, 2014, 7:27 pm

The op mate he has a job that is regulated by the govt and they find it inconvenient.

I must say though while with four kids I haven't found a paediatrician that isn't a far better person that me, the stories my medical rep friends tell me about gp's would curl your hair.

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Re: The public service thread

Post by Dr Zaius » October 17, 2014, 7:32 pm

I think that you would find it hard to shock me
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Post by Shadow Boxer » October 17, 2014, 7:47 pm

Dr Zaius wrote:I think that you would find it hard to shock me
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Re: The public service thread

Post by papabear » October 21, 2014, 7:58 am

bit sensitive SB :P

Govt regulation in my line of work, works well. Keeps barriers to entry nice and high and gets rid of the shonkies.

I just read the story and thought this is as good a place as any to have this sort of thread.

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Post by robtheraider » November 3, 2014, 11:31 am

I was discussing a show called "The HollowMen", an aussie take on "Yes minister" with some senior public servants recently.

They were convinced the writers of that show had been leaked al ot of information, as ridiculously funny as the episodes were, most of them were frighteningly accurate.

For those that like a good political comedy, i strongly recommend the Hollowmen
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Post by Professor » November 3, 2014, 12:08 pm

robtheraider wrote:I was discussing a show called "The HollowMen", an aussie take on "Yes minister" with some senior public servants recently.

They were convinced the writers of that show had been leaked al ot of information, as ridiculously funny as the episodes were, most of them were frighteningly accurate.

For those that like a good political comedy, i strongly recommend the Hollowmen
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Post by Dr Zaius » November 3, 2014, 4:47 pm

Raider 85 wrote:
robtheraider wrote:I was discussing a show called "The HollowMen", an aussie take on "Yes minister" with some senior public servants recently.

They were convinced the writers of that show had been leaked al ot of information, as ridiculously funny as the episodes were, most of them were frighteningly accurate.

For those that like a good political comedy, i strongly recommend the Hollowmen
Yep, great show.
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Post by reptar » December 3, 2014, 8:37 pm

Needs more The Games.

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I imagine being in QANGOs is exactly like that. I think John Clarke is the best Australia hero ever that's really a Kiwi.
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The public service thread

Post by Toviii » December 19, 2014, 7:53 am

How cruel Kris Kringle ruined my public service career:
http://m.canberratimes.com.au/national/ ... 27ci8.html
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Post by papabear » December 19, 2014, 8:17 am

Yeah I read that.

though its a **** kris kringle present to get someone, I think he took it a bit harshly.....

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Post by Dr Zaius » December 19, 2014, 8:17 am

The present was a little mean, but he is a bit over sensitive isn't he?
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Post by Toviii » December 19, 2014, 8:22 am

It was a little bit mean, but it's nothing to quit your job over. Especially as it didn't seem to be an ongoing thing.
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Post by Toviii » December 19, 2014, 8:23 am

papabear wrote:Yeah I read that.

though its a **** kris kringle present to get someone, I think he took it a bit harshly.....
Pun intended?
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Post by Green eyed Mick » December 19, 2014, 8:28 am

Workplace bullying is a fact of life but the only way to deal with it is to challenge it and it appears this guy didn't really do that. Hard to feel sorry for people when they don't do themselves any favours.

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Post by Raider Bell » December 19, 2014, 9:46 am

I agree GeM. Our raping and pillaging of the earth is also a way of life. If the planet can't challenge us over that than its very hard to feel sorry for it.

No wait, that wasn't the intended effect I wanted, let me try again.

Rape is a fact of life but the only way to deal with it is to challenge it and it appears most women don't really do that. Hard to feel sorry for women when they don't do themselves any favours.

Ahhhh, much better.

I seriously can't believe a left wing radical such as yourself just said what you said.
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Post by Professor » December 19, 2014, 9:57 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by The Rickman » December 19, 2014, 10:07 am

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Post by Green eyed Mick » December 19, 2014, 10:07 am

Raider Bell wrote:I agree GeM. Our raping and pillaging of the earth is also a way of life. If the planet can't challenge us over that than its very hard to feel sorry for it.

No wait, that wasn't the intended effect I wanted, let me try again.

Rape is a fact of life but the only way to deal with it is to challenge it and it appears most women don't really do that. Hard to feel sorry for women when they don't do themselves any favours.

Ahhhh, much better.

I seriously can't believe a left wing radical such as yourself just said what you said.
You're a little light on comprehension skills and your analogy stinks. The guy is a public servant so would have had access to an equity contact officer to address his concerns. According to the report he didn't and now he is complaining about his treatment after accepting a voluntary redundancy payout.

That doesn't diminish or excuse the bullying but IMO he chose the wrong path to resolution and there are consequences for that. It isn't like this guy was a junior public servant either. He was an EL1.

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