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Working Class Whistler  

Working Class Whistler

  key informatioin contained in M

  Diary of a whistle-blower

 

            A new LNP Government is formed on 24 March 2012

 

        I believed the new Government would be incensed with the impunity provided
                                                     to Queensland Health

 

 Mr Jeff Seeney became Deputy Premier; Mr L Springborg the Minister for Health.

 

                           Deputy Premier

                         Minister for Health

 

On 5 October 2012 I hoped the new Deputy Premier would review the cover-up:

 

“… the enclosed documents…will give you some understanding as to the lengths the previous Labour Government went to protect Queensland Health (QH) from ever having to account for any one of the 26 items of concern raised by the QLD Ombudsman…during an investigation into the lack of accountability for those concerns by QH during a prior discrimination investigation in 1999…the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Ms J Walters accepted my complaint of discrimination in the workplace against QH as being unlawful on the basis that Director of Nursing, Ms K Mason, did not notify the Department of Workplace Health and Safety (WPHS) about my specific footwear requirements due to my disability until after I resigned on 22 June 1998…Ms Mason had lied to me in her letter dated 25 May 1998 which stated that, following her enquiries with the Department of WPHS regarding my footwear requirements due to my disabilities, I was required to make alternative footwear arrangements in the workplace…Ms Mason confirmed to the Commissioner that she had not had any communication with the Department of WPHS regarding my footwear requirements due to my disability until she finally spoke to Mr C Gherhard on 23 June 1998, which was after I resigned due to the incapacity her erroneous directive caused, she was not asked to explain why she lied to me in her letter dated 25 May 1998…For 12 years that lie, and the fact that Ms Clench had instigated it, has been successfully negated and deeply buried by the Queensland Health bureaucracy…On 24 February 2004 Mr M Schafer, Director Audit and Operational Review, during a CMC investigation…recognized that Ms Mason did not claim to the Commission that she had made enquiries with the Department of WPHS about my footwear requirements due to my disability, he did not seek any accountability from her for her letter to me dated 25 May 1998, in which she erroneously claimed she had. On 11 September 2006…the Workplace Investigations Unit Manager Mr M Brady refuted the lie in Ms Mason’s letter by simply and falsely stating that Ms Mason had not stated to me that she had communicated to the Department of WPHS about my footwear requirements due to my disability. The Ombudsman had produced and presented his list of 26 concerns to the Director-General because he recognized that those concerns, which had been raised in my discrimination complaint, had not been accounted for or investigated…on 28 October 2009, the then Minister for Health Mr P Lucas erroneously stated that the 26 items of concern had been addressed by Dr J Youngman, former General Manager Health Services, in a letter to me dated 4 April 2001…Although Dr Youngman did admit that QH did not carry out a formal investigation into the discrimination, no record of him having accounted for any one of those 26 items of concern could be noted in his letter. Mr Schafer admitted, in his letter dated 24 February 2004, that Dr Menzies submission to the Commissioner was not based upon an investigation, as he purported to the Commissioner, but had been based upon advice received from, predominantly, Ms Mason. The lack of a valid investigation into the evidence confirming the discrimination, and the continuing refusal of QH to account for the concerns raised by the Ombudsman, with the Director-General, has enabled the organization of Queensland Health to protect and maintain their long kept secret that, without any involvement from the Department of WPHS, and on the sole encouragement of Ms Clench, Ms Mason decided to render me too incapacitated to work by issuing me with a false directive, in her letter dated 25 May 1998 which, both she and Ms Clench knew, was physically impossible for me to obey. The entrenched culture of secrecy discovered by the Bundaberg Royal Commission still exists within the Queensland Health establishment. I would very much appreciate it please if you would provide me with a response and if you would initiate an honest review of the issues I have raised, which is independent of the Queensland Health Administration.”

 

 I received a response:

 

The Office of the Minister for Health responded:

 

 Without word from the Minister for Health, three months later I followed up:

 

Mr Springborg still did not respond so, again, I requested assistance from the Deputy Premier:

 

The Deputy Premier refused to follow up his referral, made to the Minister for Health in November 2012, or provide the particulars of the independent watchdog:

 

The Queensland Health and Queensland Government "merry-go-round" remained intact!

 

The Health Minister finally responded:

 

I wrote to Ms Stephens about the Queensland Health secrecy surrounding Ms Mason's letter:

 

Ms Stephens refused to assist:

 

A particularly deja vois emerged; Ms Stephens reaction to the assistance offered by the Minister was exactly the same as that of Ms J Virine, of the Workplace Investigations Unit in 2006, to the then Minister for Health. 

 

I tried again to gain that assistance:

 No Response.

 No Response.

 No Response.

 

 No Response.

 No Response.

 The Attached Correspondence:

 I asked again for the particulars of the independent watch dog.

 

 No Response.

 No Response.

 No Response.

I waited to give time for the Minister for Health to respond before making a Public Interest Disclosure.

I heeded the advice of the Premier to submit a Public Interest Disclosure, not to Queensland Health but to Mr J Seeney who had experienced the reluctance of Queensland Health to respond.

 I believed Mr Seeney was bound by the PID Act 2010 to respond:

When a disclosure has been made, an entity must: • provide the discloser with confirmation of the receipt of the PID • describe the action taken or proposed to be taken in respect of the PID; or if the entity believes no action is required, the reasons for this decision • if action has been taken in relation to the PID, inform the discloser of the results.

 When Mr Seeney did not respond I asked him to oblige.

 Mr Seeney ignored my request.

An election on 31 January 2015 saw the LNP government replaced with another ALP government

During three years of power the ruling LNP Government failed to instil the broken promise of the previous ALP government; to instil transparency within Queensland Health. 
The Queensland Health endemic culture of secrecy discovered during the Bundaberg inquiry in 2005, remained intact and fully protected.