First of all, this is a momentous occasion. Two important milestones have been reached as of today:
1. We had 107 page views yesterday, a new record, with people coming from all over the country and the world, including through Facebook, Twitter and yes, you’ve guessed it, all our friends scattered throughout the NT Govt.
2. Today we reached 3000 page views in total. Actually the Tech Guys inform us that in February alone we’ve so far had over
500 views Ed: make that 620 and counting…, that’s more than the best monthly figure and still 10 days to go until the end of the month! Give yourselves a huge pat on the collective back from generating such interest and spreading the word and a round of applause: click here> http://soundbible.com/989-10-Second-Applause.html
Next just a quick word about a good ‘friend’ of ours.
These little guys can fit snugly in any pocket, are lightweight and have large amounts of storage for your audio files. As an accountability warrior you will come across many devious and sneaky people who will say bad and potentially damaging things about you. They might even try to ruin your career with some things that they say to others and think that they can get away with such cowardly and malicious behaviour.
RECORD EVERYTHING. It might be your only safety net when forced to recall events (of course hand written notes are OK but an audio recording is much better) or Heaven forbid if someone catches that awful affliction called ‘selective amnesia’ or simply blatantly lies and then later denies that a conversation even took place or that they were somehow suddenly misquoted or just intentionally and offensively calls you a liar and claims that you just made something up even when you have written notes to prove it – Ed: yep, this kind of bizarre stuff happens a lot! You might be reading this thinking: “These people are paranoid, I would never need something like that.” Fine, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. We’ve seen it happen to so many people and if you ever have to go to Court for something it could mean the difference between winning a case and losing one.
The way the NT Education Dept has been going lately (since well before Gary Barnes exited stage left) so we hear from our friends in the Education Union, more and more people are heading down the legal/Court route in their fight for justice. It’s pricey but can work in your favour. NT Education Dept senior officers have a history of immunity from accountability – yes we all have at least one or two terror stories to tell round the staffroom – and one of the only ways to attempt to get any is to find a way to take them to Court. They don’t like Court because that’s the Real World and their friends across the open plan office or a couple of floors up are not there to protect them anymore. Of course they will have the help of government lawyers like Lee Rayner Head of DECS Legal Services as an ‘SFNT’ but don’t let that scare you, in our opinion there are many, much better legal practitioners than SFNT lawyers out there willing to help you get the outcome you’re looking for and will be more than happy to take on what they see as a corrupt government official or four. Public exposure upsets them too, don’t forget.
Think we’re being too harsh? We’re not the only ones to think this, as this particular comment in the newspaper underlines:
The cronyism, bullying, intimidation and harrassment is across the whole of DET not just the teachers and those in remote communities, I am talking about every single corporate division across the agency at ALL levels. I have come across ALOT of people that agree. DET has alot to answer for and the whole department needs an overhaul not just a change of Chief Executive.
Posted by: DET has issues 10:35pm Sunday 18th July