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Public Servants celebrate the good times

By Barcham - 30 July 2013 22

Yay!

In work and play is a celebration of all the super fun and amazingly interesting things that happen in the public service.

They are trying to collect stories about the public service to celebrate the centenary.

I look forward to viewing this website and reading the stories of people who work in the public service.

I hope APS web security won’t block it.

Some quotes from the media invite:

Public servants past and present are being asked to share their memories in celebration of the Australian Public Service (APS), its people and their part in the development of Canberra.

The APS Centenary of Canberra Committee will launch In work and In play – building the Canberra community, an online crowd-sourcing website on Wednesday 31 July.

The website is part of a wider APS Centenary of Canberra initiative to acknowledge the APS’s contribution to the Canberra community.

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22 Responses to
Public Servants celebrate the good times
Masquara 9:35 pm 30 Jul 13

It will be censored for sure.

kakosi 9:34 pm 30 Jul 13

I’m sure all the unfavourable stories will not make it to the site.

And of course there’s that pesky Public Service Act that stops anyone from telling stories about anything interesting that might have happened on pain of legal action.

Primal 9:02 pm 30 Jul 13

miz said :

At least paper records mean you still have it and it has not disappeared somewhere irretrievable or been lost completely.

I have never met a records system that couldn’t fail miserably.

miz 7:16 pm 30 Jul 13

Goggles, we still use paper because as a rule, software applications (having been sold as wizzo to higher ups and IT geeks who never do any of the ‘real work’) are completely useless and don’t work with the software we already have. At least paper records mean you still have it and it has not disappeared somewhere irretrievable or been lost completely.

To quote Terry Pratchett, “It is well known that any drive to reduce paperwork only results in extra paperwork”!

goggles13 5:25 pm 30 Jul 13

p1 said :

switch said :

“Oh goody! The new paperclips have arrived.”

Your department can afford paperclips?

such a shame there is still a reliance on clearing documents on paper – photocopiers and paperclips are from the dinosaur age

Roundhead89 4:03 pm 30 Jul 13

Oh come off it! As someone who was driven out of the APS twice due to constant bullying and had a nervous breakdown to boot (not to mention ongoing PTSD as a lifetime legacy), I would have thought even *acknowledging* the APS in the Centenary celebrations would have been unthinkable. I’m sure that website will paint the rosiest picture about the APS and it will be dripping with faux nostalgia. Meanwhile I have documented the truth about the APS experience. These are the stories the APS Centenary of Canberra initiative *don’t* want you to hear:
http://www.youtube.com/user/JohnMoulis

Masquara 2:53 pm 30 Jul 13

Meanwhile, Centenary of Canberra’s “official partner”, the ABC, can’t be bothered keeping the web links live … I wonder how much we are paying the ABC …

http://www.abc.net.au/pool/projects/canberra-full-circle-2013

Holden Caulfield 2:29 pm 30 Jul 13

I didn’t know big Jim was a pube.

pink little birdie 2:06 pm 30 Jul 13

it will be stuff like the meeting partners in the place where all public servants used to live before being assigned a house, things that happen at work christmas parties and balls.
All the choirs and sports clubs and things like that.

p1 2:05 pm 30 Jul 13

switch said :

“Oh goody! The new paperclips have arrived.”

Your department can afford paperclips?

Savanna100 1:48 pm 30 Jul 13

switch said :

“Oh goody! The new paperclips have arrived.”

That about sums it up !!

p1 1:04 pm 30 Jul 13

I keep a nerf gun on my desk next to my phone. Is that the sort of thing they are talking about?

switch 1:03 pm 30 Jul 13

“Oh goody! The new paperclips have arrived.”

Savanna100 12:47 pm 30 Jul 13

I chuckled when I read this thread heading….Having just got out of the evil empire for the second time (and this time NEVER going back), I certainly wouldn’t have anything good to celebrate. The upper levels of this culture are pretty much full of self-serving narrow thinking people who couldn’t get a job anywhere else. Thanks for the two VRs, by the way.

Matt_Watts 12:16 pm 30 Jul 13

I suspect a few Values and Conduct sections in various agencies are a tad nervous!

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