Friday, November 19, 2010


I think I have demonstrated sufficient guts, to take on politicians in Parliament and make Parliament accountable for us people. 

Alf Angelo Hickey. The guts to improve Education in Victoria and make the Education Department accountable through basic common sense vs their beaurocratic baloney.

I thought the ABC represented balanced and insightful reporting. I never thought that the ABC would lower itself, to acknowledge the sensationalist rubbish which comes out of the Herald Sun. Anyway, they mention that I was dubbed "hoon teacher." Just remember I also called Andrew Bolt a "hoon mouth" too, such imbalanced reporting from you guys, tut tut !
I refuse to accept media and state bullying by the multi billion dollar DEECD and VIT. I will stand up for what is right and true !

In 2007 I was bullied with aggressive vague slander and allegations, after defending a teacher who was herself bullied. I have been fighting this group of principals, ever since and the corrupt education department who supports them. This began with a principal, Tony Jacobs at Vermont Secondary College, who until May 23, 2007, said that I would be given a permanent position promised me in my job interview. Before May 23, he said I was an excellent teacher, then he backflipped.

Let's have a look at Tony Jacob's recent deceit:

In my experience, the school hid its failures by bullying the source that revealed them, or the person who is struggling. This school, from my first hand experience, actively tried to remove students of certain ethnicities from the school. One coordinator said, "we move students like that, on to more appropriate contexts." The administrative speak for racism today. 

Any photos from 2007, will show a primarily Anglo group of staff and students. Harry Ruff another principal, reinforced an inbred school mentality saying "...many teachers send their own kids there." This sort of nepotism and mentality is not on in Victorian schools. 

I had complained in a meeting on May 23, that Vermont was employing unqualified teachers to teach woodwork. I observed teachers allowing students to use heavy power tools, without identifying serious mistakes, like using a disk sander on the wrong side of the wheel.

See: Over 50% of schools with unqualified staff
See: Cheap Unqualified teachers in UK
See: 500% Increase in unqualified staff under Labor

My supervisor there said, that he had observed my incumbent let a student use a Mig welder without eye or hand protection. This is the sort of risk, which some principals are unleashing on our students. The reason was revealed at a VIT hearing. Rod Williamson said, "we thought it would be best to place woodwork in the art curriculum." At VIT, this "principal" wasn't even aware of my qualifications and expertise.

When I taught at Pascoe Vale Girls College, Helen Jackson (Victorias longest serving teacher/principal) was honoured by students as a progressive, encouraging students to do "rap."

I knew there was a major problem at Vermont, when a student using a power tool and I were showered with glass while working in a class.  A ball hit a window. A principal who was supposed to be supervising an activity, had just left students wandering the school to mess around.

I wanted to get a report on this for VIT and VCAT. This was denied me. I reported this to DEECD and it seems my complaint was ignored. I was not able to get any information from the school. When I requested it, they said, "you don't work for DEECD anymore." It just further highlights a corrupt education system which hides its error, rather than make principals accountable. I realised there are few mechanisms to keep principals and DEECD/VIT truly accountable. The DATA from the Auditor General's Office, while it has revealed the failure of Labor's billion dollar education blueprint, cannot police the great ineptitude of principals like Tony Jacobs and Rod Williamson. 
I will bring accountability back to Education in Victoria if I am elected in. I wont target teachers. I will make DEECD do its job, so lost in its beaurocatic mess.

I was at a local supermarket yesterday and bumped into a local student from the past, who is now a manager. She studied in my form at the school. She explained how a principal at Pascoe Vale Girls College, tried to bully her sister out of the school. It just so happened, that this principal also bullied me at the school. It's not Helen Jackson either, despite the school's excessive Christmas parties.

This principal authorised, that all my student's work be thrown out, several weeks before the end of term. Fortunately I had documented all the work and the class. The students were angry. When I asked where the work was, I discovered much of it had been thrown out. She said, the room was left in a mess. Fortunately I had photos of the class, as I had been recording the progress of the work as is my habit, the room had not been in a mess. She was lying and bullying me, by trying to destroy my student's work and undermining my effectiveness with the class. This has happened before too. The reason they do it, I believe, is that you outshine their political supporters in the school. I have hundred's of examples of this in my own teaching experience. 

I will tackle workplace bullying in schools created by Labor's beaurocracy. This detracts from care and teaching students. 

See $70,000 on School Christmas Parties

Students always had a great regard for Helen Jackson as "progressive," believe it or not. Students explained, how she took a poetry class one day and actually asked the kids to make a rap. They appreciated Julie Atkinson as someone who really cared for student's welfare.

My own case reveals the serious corruption in Victorian Education.
I am labelled a hoon, without evidence by people, who are not qualified to make those judgments. I asked Christine Campbell, my local MP, to support me this year, she ignored my requests. Our rights and values are being crushed by Labor.
As I explained before, in 2007, after defending a woman bullied in a school for her faith, I was then bullied by principals and denied a position promised to me. When I complained, false allegations were made against me. One of these principals, was exposed in the media this year by parents. He claimed that students had disability at his school, which they didn’t, to hide poor school performance in school tables. 

The Education Department and VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching) has not brought him to account.  I went to Parliament myself, to fight manipulative amendments to the ETR ACT 2006 legislation, which enables such corruption in the Victorian Education system. I found that parliament, at times to be out of touch with educational realities. What is worse, I discovered that MPs sometimes vote without knowing what they are voting for. The bain of party politics. 
I am fighting for fairness and for truly safer workplaces in Parliament. I will stress that legislation protects the underdog, not just powerful bullies like principals.I aim to end the culture of weak workers unions with managers who create unions like VASSP and other pressure groups which have failed to raise standards in schools.

More teachers” and schools, will not solve the issues in Education. Despite The Australian Labor’s Party’s billion dollar initiatives, the Auditor General’s reports, shows literacy and numeracy are in drammatic decline at most levels, except early years, but even then the improvements are not sustained after this.
See Literacy, Numeracy, Science, School Safety down despite high teacher to student ratios
See Auditor General's Statement

The truth is crushed by an Education Department (DEECD), with little accountability from government, despite the public uproar about the problems. 

I will bring accountability back to an Education Department, which inundates teachers with so much unnecessary paperwork and stress, that teachers can hardly focus on the students anymore. I will oppose the VIT, an expensive white elephant, funded by the public and “teacher tax,” which claims to regulate teachers, when it’s the Education Department which needs the regulation. This is an accountability which Labor fails to provide.


At Pascoe Vale Girls College, my students didn't just get plans and build something. They actually designed a fussball table as a group, detailed the design and manufactured it, in smaller teams, who competed to complete it first. I turned the class into a microcosm of Industry and situated the work in the current World Cup, to make the course relevant.

Student work in my classes at Vermont in 2007, where it is falsely claimed I couldn't cope because of anxiety and stress. I became anxious and suicidally depressed after an intense barrage of bullying by principals who threatened, blackmailed and lied against me. The students had already submitted the semester assessment work which had been assessed prior to me leaving the school, to protect myself from the bullying.


The summary of the determination at VIT. November 20, 2010.  
As a graduate teacher, the school is supposed to modify work, to the level or needs of the teacher, by the VGSA agreement active at the time. Problem is there is no evidence of failures and there is evidence of a lot of abuse of process. It also makes any principal actions illegal and inappropriate management actions. 
I understand that the VIT is a body, designed to enable the institutional bullying of teachers by principals. Patrick McGorry, Australian of the year, explained in the Maurice Blackburn Oration at Moreland Town Hall, that claims like this VIT statement about me (unfit because of anxiety/stress), is discriminatory and can be likened to apartheid. 

But this state sanctioned bullying and "apartheid" is normal in Victorian Education and is institutionalised by the VIT. The VIT lacks insight regarding the law and the fact that the "management decisions" of the principals were illegal by the VGSA 2004 (Victorian Government School Agreement ). The principal's actions against me are discriminatory and broke all the responsibilities and duty of care, of a principal toward a teacher. VIT lacked the insight to see what was obvious.

The school's own OH&S policy was broken in actions towards me. 
Despite incredible successes with the students at Vermont in 2007, with the bullying from principals. The anxiety and as you will see, the allegations, were a lie. The bullying is of an extreme form, abusing state systems and making up statements that I did not make; it must shock Victoria, that public funds are misused this way. But the Labor Government has just given VIT almost unlimited power against a teacher. 

Government enables, through its instruments of Institutional bullying, DEECD (The Department of Education) and VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching), who steal public and teacher money, to do something better done by the police or AFP.
VIT is a white elephant. As The King report showed, it failed to improve the profile of teaching in Victoria. And my case demonstrates that it lacks the ability to regulate as well.

The journalists who slandered me, need to be reigned in by someone with responsibility. After Andrew Bolt got involved, I just called him a "hoon mouth, who imagines he's driving a Ferrari on his tricycle." He is far from being a responsible journalist. Hoon mouth Bolt !!


Being a whistleblower about state corruption, I am protected by the Whistleblower Act , to reveal such things publicly, including the names of the corrupt elements. I did make disclosures to DEECD Conduct and Ethics, VIT and principals. These were disgregarded. This is why I make public presentations, because of the extreme injustice. As a whistleblower, prior to the actions of the principals, I am also protected from persecution. This did not stop the aggressive bullying and targeting of me by the principals.

The lady I defended, was bullied by staff for her faith. I was then bullied by three principals intensely for the next few months. This continued to DEECD (Education Department) and VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching), without adequate recourse. This included backing down, on a position promised me, despite clear evidence of outcomes, assessments and good teaching, all while supporting the school community strongly and taking extra-curricula sport, which I was encouraged to take. I am a qualified designer and offer advanced skills to students. Here is some work I did voluntarily after the Kinglake Bushfires:

Voluntary design of this booklet cover and making a large sign
for The Kinglake Anzac Dawn Service


Students make receipt stakes for their parents. I tried to contextualise projects like this, calling it, "Tax Time." The design is painted in the parent's football team colors and or favourite colors and is framed as a gift for father's/mother's day or their birthday. 
The government has supported this torture against a local Pascoe Vale person and Christine Campbell refused to act, supporting the injustice and shirking her Ministerial responsibility to help a local. I have been committed to the community in Pascoe Vale, since I was a kid. What is worse, Christine Campbell's failure to take up my cause in parliament, might be parliamentary misconduct. Bronwyn Pike (Education Minister) has also shirked her responsibility to act. When I actually sat in parliament, two people described Bronwyn Pike, as a really poor Parliamentary performer.

I have supported the elderly and others in Oak Park since I was a kid and am approved by an ex-Mayor/Veteran/Justice of the peace/Principal, the late Dave Bucknell, who recommended me and gave me references to do teaching. Despite incredible accomplishments in schools, I am treated like garbage. I think Victorians and people in Pascoe Vale are sick of being bullied by this dud government and want their better teachers to teach their kids. It becomes increasingly clear that principals do not have the judgment necessary to employ teachers.

I developed courses and online learning materials at Pascoe vale Girls College. I Taught students ahow to create a dress up doll using their own elements, scripting in HTML, Photoshop and some separately in Flash. 


1. Falsified minutes said, "I take speed to stay awake."
2. Being late (when the school record showed otherwise)
3. On a camp, the evidence shows that I was probably on time. No one rang to see if I was lost or not, I made every attempt to contact the camp that I was lost at Phillip Island, but it seems by the evidence that i was actually there on time.
4. Dangerous driving, when the evidence shows that I was tailgated by as school bus and that there is no true evidence of dangerous driving at the school at all.

The student that accused me of swearing at him, threatened me consistently and manufactured false allegations against me. This is his table. I had sourced free materials to recycle from a company, for him to make it. It showed that I achieved with extremely challenging students despite the bullying and lack of support from principals. 

5. Swearing at a student, when the context was that a student had given me death threats, which was revealed at all hearings. I told the student, that if he spoke like that at Tafe, where he told me he wanted to study, "they'd tell him to fuck off." It's what they do ! 
It's worse in the Army, where I was a reservist for about 5 years. Principal Harry Ruff admitted that he did not take an incident report from me (against school policy), yet raises the allegations from this student who had previously given me death threats, in line with another violent student at the school. I did write one, this was suppressed by the school. Isn't it obvious by action and omission they were bullying me.

I taught students like this girl at Vermont Secondary
how to design an innovative jewellery stand.

I created these posters to encourage female students to take up design
7. Not supervising students, when all evidence shows that I supported students, that any other claims could not be made, by common sense.
One of these involved being sick in a toilet emergency, where I secured supervision and then. Another example from class was brought up, but when a map of the class is shown, as I did, I was actually supervising better, by being in the back room. The principals lied.
A coordinator admits at VIT, that he let a student return to camp unsupervised, and I was then blamed for this with a serious allegation.

8. Allowing students to sit and stand on tables. There is no clear reason for why you can't, as long as a risk assessment is made (Worksafe). And in this school, I was the most qualified at the school to make it. Despite letting a kid stand on a table oncee. I stopped when I was told not to, then this was raised as a serious allegation and I was dubbed as "bizarre" by Stephen Drill of The Herald Sun." 

At VIT, I showed a photo from a principal who authorised an image image for the school website, where a student is sitting on a computer table. This principal, Sandra Woodman then taught at Vermont. In my VIT portfolio, I had an image of a student standing on a table to do work. It was approved and not raised as an issue by any one, including Tony Jacobs who saw it.

Banner start of Blackburn High School Secondary College, shows student sitting on a computer table, approved by Principal Sandra Woodman, who then became a principal at Vermont Secondary College. She was doing research in 2007 while I was there.

9. While I support transparent communications between students of all ages, teachers and others as is normal on the internet, as long as parents are part of this. VIT had the wisdom to rule that, there was no investigation or valid evidence that I had tried to contact students on facebook and even then it is questionable if this would be bad, eg. educational reasons. Stephen Drill is a journalist hell bent on implicating teachers who help students after school. He needs to be challenged. I argue that teachers as well as parents need to engage more with students online. It may prevent situations like the My Space suicides.

10. I was accused of not doing assessments. I had done all the assessments in my journal which I presented at VIT and VCAT. I was on leave, to protect myself from the principal's bullying. The school refused to pay for my leave, where I was also looking for other work and doing some odd jobs for a local night club for the cost of materials. The school refused to pay for my sick leave and I had to pay rent at my Docklands apartment. All these actions of the school manager are in breach of law.

11. It was claimed that I did not tell the daily organiser that I was not going to be away on leave, yet this is not true and the record at the school, it seems agrees with me. Principal Rod Williamson admitted that I had rung in explaining the extreme effect of his and Tony Jacob's bullying was doing to me.

MySpace Suicides

The  bullying I experienced and its effects, are described as torture by the UN, especially when these are justified by state authorities. Such institutional bullying is also what is described as sham peer review by Holland and Hart, a legal firm who often sees this in Parliament.

See: Holland and Hart- Sham Peer Review

The extreme nature of the bullying warrants criminal charges. Yet when I asked my local member Christine Campbell, to support me, she refused. I had to take my cause to Parliament and fight parts of the legislation which enables such bullying. The ETR ACT 2006 !

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