KT Comment/Opinion.

Dear Mr David Axworthy, Acting Deputy Director General, Schools.

Thank you for your letter/email and thank you for taking the time to read the KT website.
The KT website simply acts as a messenger and is not the only vehicle being used to carry the messages of the victims of what is believed to be your departments unprofessional behaviour. (Sunday Times reported 70 unresolved complaints?) It is quite sad that the facts (backed up with documentation and testament) continue to be swept under the carpet by you and your colleagues.

If it is as you say "the school has dealt with the matter appropriately" then why would Ms Adams find it necessary to seek help from the Ombudsman's office. In the opinion of many your so called "PROCESSES" continue to fail as the fact remains that members of your department are on record for mistreating and bullying both Ms Adams and her disabled child. Further more it is seen as shameful that you, in the position of ADG chose to not lead by example and personally take charge and resolved these ongoing issues Ms Adams has with the schools administration.
Question:- have you ever contacted Ms Adams to hear what she has to report or are you a protected species?

Your letter reads that you are disappointed in the way the KT has bought this matter to the attention of the public. The KT believe that because of your lack of understanding/action it would be more appropriate for you to be embarrassed and ashamed rather than disappointed. However we must thank you for confirming your office is now fully aware of Ms Adams plight. We now ask you Mr Axworthy to please tell our readers what are you going to do to investigate and resolve once and for all these very serious complaints?

It may be that you are in a position of leadership but appear oblivious to the hurt this is causing the victims. Your department continues to defy reason by refusing to order a full and independent investigation into the many complaints and allegations bought against this schools administration.

Please be reminded, you are a public/civil servant (definition, servant, one who serves or does service for another) in a so called position of leadership, you have many policies, procedures and codes to abide by, our research reveals your department continues to fail in many of these areas. People are becoming fed up with the excuses members of your department use to camouflage their noncompliance. You are asked to show some empathy, except the undeniable evidence and resolve the conflict/disharmony in a professional manner before more victims are created and further damage is done to the reputation of the school and all the hardworking competent people who teach there.


So!
Mr David Axworthy, after exhausting all other avenues set up by your department to resolve conflict the KT respectfully ask you to contact those from Kalbarri who have grievances with members of your department for the purpose of setting a time for a meeting and to join with these victims to resolve the conflict once and for all.

We feel sure you are fully aware of the information published on one of your department's website.
http://www.det.wa.edu.au/policies/detcms/policy-planning-and-accountability/policies-framework/guidelines/complaints-management-toolkit.en?oid=com.arsdigita.cms.contenttypes.guideline-id-3741924

Just how well is Mr
David Axworthy and the Director General Sharyn O.Neill doing their respective jobs when you read headlines like this;
LINK.   http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/10386500/school-staff-in-92-sex-claims/
and
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/kalbarri-district-high-school-at-centre-of-70-complaints/story-e6frg12c-1225918571774
and
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/education-boss-sharyn-oneill-given-50000-pay-rise/story-e6frg13u-1225933183477
and
http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/pq/qsearch.nsf/179ca7006fb68a1848256db4002455cd/0a62b0b04fd08c5948257214007ba26c?OpenDocument

and
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/10011672/support-for-embattled-education-boss/

and
http://www.publicsector.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/st_andrews_hostel_katanning_-_2012_report.pdf

The QUESTION has to asked:-        Do we, the owners of the government invest too much money in bureaucrats like O'Niell and Axworthy and politicians like Liz Constable and do we get value for money?
It is interesting to read the Webster Dictionary part meaning of the word 'POLITICIAN' "one involved in politics for personal gain, political appointment, or partisan objectives".


The education department's acting executive director of Professional Standards and Conduct, Eamon Ryan, says ``Teachers are in a special position of trust and we expect them to act responsibly and in the best interests of children at all times.''

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4th April 2012.

The following letter was sent to Mr David Axworthy (Deputy Director General, Schools).The story is in the text of the letter. The KT and Kramer stand patiently by to see if Mr Axworthy, public servant is professional enough to give Kramer the courtesy of a written response and if he has the humility to offer the victims an apology and a reason why Macgregor and Senbergs were moved out of Kalbarri to other schools.
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The following has been sent in by one of our readers to help us better understand the behaviour of some bureaucrats.

Tactics Used by Bureaucracy
Ways Public Servants actually do a
DISSERVICE to the citizens who pay their salaries.

Control  -  If there is a problem, however small, create regulations to govern it and appoint officers to enforce those regulations. If one or two citizens behave badly, make everybody suffer. Persist with this even if the total effect is worse. Historical example: prohibition of alcohol in the US in the 20s.
Tangle in Red Tape  -  have many long and repetitive forms, use cryptic or difficult English, and make people have to engage other bureaus as well, who have different rules and terminology. Make it difficult for  busy citizens to even wrap their brains around the exercise.  The stress of red tape often deters people from even living parts of their life.
Penalise  -  set up a system of fines, use it as recurrent income to maintain the penalising bureau, thus create the necessity for citizens to be constantly in trouble with officials, thus systematically alienate people from authority.
This is an incredibly short-sighted tactic, and threatens an essential foundation of order, namely popular respect for the law.  If a bureau serves a legitimate societal purpose, and is not just funding its own interference in people's lives, let it be financed in an honourable way, through the front door of normal taxes, clearly identified.
Apply The Screws  -  enforce regulations without purpose, even if it hurts innocent people  -  even if it makes people waste time, money and effort.
The Ambush  -  catch a citizen innocently living their lives and hurting no one, but showing some initiative, doing something without getting One Of The Thousand Permits. This shows a lack of submission and must be stopped. (It could be contagious). Get a screw to talk to the citizen, assure them verbally that what they are doing is quite okay, but they should have a permit.  Get them to apply for a permit.  Then when the screw is safely out of sight, the bureau refuses the permit, slaps on a ban, and demands the destruction or the cessation of whatever the citizen is doing.
The Run Around  -  send them from bureau to bureau, as if people exist to serve bureaucracy, not the other way around.
Make Them Feel Like Criminals (1) -  make so many rules that just about everyone feels they're doing something wrong.
Make Them Feel Like Criminals (2)  -  when they offer an explanation for not complying with some rule, say parking too long (someone was sick, dying, stranded), automatically treat them as liars, and book them anyway.
Reward Dobbers  -  even where a report against a citizen turns out to be hate-motivated, or to have a personal ulterior motive, or to be false or trivial, do not compensate or even apologise to the falsely accused for your distressing investigation,  and do not censure the anti-social dobber in any way, shape or form.  Thus the mischievous dobber has succeeded anyway.  Rewarding, encouraging and protecting dobbers maintains bureau jobs.
Let Citizens Fall Between Bureaus  -  if two bureaucracies, because of their inconsistent sets of rules, leave a citizen in an impossible position, neither bureaucracy takes responsibility.  Just let the citizen Fall into the Abyss.
Run Them Ragged  -  Place hurdle after hurdle in the way of wholesome individual or community efforts in order to demoralise them, eventually wear them out, and thus extinguish the activity.  (Some bureaus even consciously plan that the citizen will never succeed.)
The old one-two: Deadline, Delay, Destroy  -  This is a particularly malicious routine sometimes used against enterprising individuals.  Someone is starting up a business or a community organisation or is constructing or landscaping, and is given a deadline by the bureau.  Then a legal or bureaucratic spanner is thrown in the works, causing a delay in the enterprise.  The deadline is not shifted, the project is incomplete, then the bureau bans further works.  Thus they not only destroy the project, the citizen is caused to waste all that precious energy, money and time.  This is the stuff of heart attacks and breakdowns.  Bureaucrats involved in this practice have a lot to answer for.
Disown Responsibility At Every Level of the bureaucratic hierarchy  -  "Oh no, we can't deviate from the regulations, you'll have to appeal to so and so", (a higher and more daunting level), who then pull the same stunt.
Change Your Name & Break Your Word  - With dizzying frequency, bureaus love to change their names, their department's names, and their officers' titles.  This helps to keep the citizens confused.  Sometimes too, there are changes of councillors, takeovers by commissioners, and amalgamations of bureaus.  An evil that is sometimes perpetrated under the fog of this shifting around, is that the new outfit doesn't necessarily honour the undertakings of their predecessor  -  causing damage to citizens who have invested time, money and hopes in their plans.
 
Author unknown.

The KT thank our reader for sharing this insight into the culture of our administration. The KT also believe this is the appropriate chapter to publish such a document.
May we draw Mr Axworthy's attention to a performance report recently written by his department:-       link
   http://www.kalbarritruth.com/ERG%20Report.html