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Passing the Buck

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Government report tells bosses how to lie and pass the buck: Reith blames Kemp

 
 

CANBERRA, Wednesday: The Federal Government's Department of Workplace Relations has released a controversial training package that tells its heads of Department how to deal with its own employees.

The package has caused uproar because of the tactics it suggests during workplace negotiations. It advises Department bosses to lie, stall for time, make false demands, make negative comments, provide biased information and feign ignorance.

The Workplace Relations Minister denied any knowledge of the package. "Don't look at me," said Mr Reith. "Ask David Kemp, he wrote the thing." It is understood that Mr Reith intends to release a revised package that includes an entire section on cowardly buck-passing.

But Dr Kemp, the Minister for Education and Portfolio Mismanagement said that he wasn't to blame either. "I lifted most of the tactics directly from the 1999 Liberal Party Election Guide. Especially the stuff about providing statistical misinformation. It worked a gem with the GST, so I thought it would be worth a try on our own employees."

Dr Kemp explained that the package had also received significant input from the Prime Minister John Howard. "He's been really helpful in testing and refining the negotiation tactics during the reconciliation process. Especially all the stuff about making negative comments and discrediting the negotiation party."

But the Minister said he had consulted widely in formulating the package. He confirmed that the Liberal Party Women's Committee wrote the entire section advising how to act irrationally during negotiations. A spokeswoman for the Committee agreed to an interview with The Chaser, but later withdrew without explanation.

Reporters later discovered that the policy was actually created by the Labour government. "Along with Privatisation and the GST this is just another Labour party policy that the Libs are trying to take credit for," said Kim Beazley.


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: War Stories from the Shakey Isles
After being flat-earthed, New Zealand unions are making a comeback under a new progressive government. Darien Fenton is at the forefront of the resurgence.
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*  Unions: Laying It On the Line
A complex international legal web underpins a long-running South Coast picket.
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*  International: Alive and Kicking
Those representing right wing political forces and strategists for multi-national corporations would be disappointed by the success of the recently concluded Congress of the WFTU in Delhi.
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*  Economics: Fair Trade not Free Trade
The successful MAI and Seattle campaigns have sparked a new debate about the role of the World Trade Organization.
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*  History: The Manchester Movement
Manchester, in Asa Briggs memorable phrase, was the shock city of the early nineteenth century, a small and obscure market town that in a matter of a few years had become a huge city.
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*  Satire: Passing the Buck
Government report tells bosses how to lie and pass the buck: Reith blames Kemp
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*  Review: A Book to Set the Left Right
The Australian Finacial Review's Stephen Long gives his verdict on 'Tales from the new Shop Floor'.
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»  Maternity Protection Goes Global
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»  Sydney CD's Head For Dili
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»  May One - Ground Zero
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Negotiation - Reith Style
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»  Propaganda or News?
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»  A Recipe for Modern Unionism
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»  Disappointed by May Day Coverage
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»  Politics in the Pub
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