Sunday, August 07 2011
The Office of the Disability Service Commissioner in Victoria say the top reason people with a disability and their families don’t complain about questionable services is, “Fear of Intimidation”.
This also applies to direct care staff in supported accommodation group homes.
Despite the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2011, staff who speak out about questionable activities are treated like undesirables – sent to “Coventry”, at best.
Those who are really effective in penetrating bureaucratic green zone defences, can expect to receive the full impact of their missile defence system…..
For the past five years, the Department of Human Services in Victoria, with ministerial support, has electronically blocked/redirected, within the firewall of their statewide web-server, the Emails of LISA Inc Coordinators, Tony & Heather Tregale.
This all powerful government department implemented its discriminatory action with no consultation whatsoever. Tony & Heather had no knowledge of the six page, ministerial approved, directive against them.
It's presence was mooted by the State Ombudsman, and revealed by FOI application. But only two pages would be released. The DHS say they periodically review the matter, but Tony & Heather are never part of that review.
This government department has never justified that which they used to convince the then minister to approve the restriction order. There is no termination date - So it is a life sentence!
These despotic actions of this state government department is little better than those of many third world countries.