We were sent a copy of Rob’s wonderful new book titled: “Australia’s Forgotten Children – The Corrupt State of Education in the Northern Territory” and it makes truly grim reading. Not in the sense of writing style but in the sense of content and what that poor man and his family had to go through for uncovering asbestos in a remote Aboriginal community school and asking the Education Department to do something about it. The book is extremely well sourced with thousands of FOI documents (see we told you they were important!) and lots of honest testimony outlining the amazing lengths DET went to to try to silence and discredit him. All the classic tactics are there in plain black and white for all of those people out there who refuse to believe what really goes on behind the scenes in DET/DECS: secret blacklists, lies, ignoring communications, criticism, threats, more lies, denial of access to documents, abuse of position, immunity for senior executives, people lying to him out of fear for their own jobs…..sadly it doesn’t stop there.
To help Rob and his family get their life back together we urge you to go to his web page: http://teacherswithintegrity.com/# and buy a copy or 3. Send one to your friends for Christmas as a thank you present to Rob for standing up for his and other people’s rights and fighting back against those who tried to shut him up.
Very sad to read at the end of it that even the Education Union (at the time) ditched him and basically called him a liar, saying words to the effect of: ‘if DET says something then it must be true…you can’t prove you’re on a blacklist’. Of course Rob was vindicated in the end as he was telling the truth all along – he definitely was on a secret blacklist that DET even denied existed (they were lying of course – over 150 applications sent by him and his wife looking for employment and only ONE job offer!)
Sometimes you’ve got to keep fighting even when all around you are doing nothing or are even fighting against you.