Paul Newman – the FAQ tell all


Update on Ernabella teacher Ferg Ferguson who is fighting back against Paul Newman/DECD bullying in the South Australian Employment Tribunal on the other blog: HERE.


A new page (also in the top right hand corner of this blog): click to read it:

The Conor Test

A guide for DECD Education Directors who only know how to lie, bully and harass staff (too late to save Paul Newman who’s been removed against his wishes from the APY Lands but perfect for Mark Ames and whoever takes over from him).



Pic from the other blog: Thankyou whoever did this!

CELEBRATIONS for APY Lands but feel sorry for who gets Paul Newman next….more lies and abuse for them.  😦



Email acknowledged by Rick Persse.  The clock is ticking, tick, tock, tick, tock……



A friend emailed Mr Persse the Chief Executive of DECD today to ask him to do something about Paul Newman.  This is DECD’s Harvey Weinstein moment we all hope, when finally something will get done.  Everyone knows the SA government is looking at this blog and the other blog

Question is, will they continue to look the other way as they have done for so long?  (It’s called wilful blindness and legal negligence I’m told)


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Don’t die laughing like we all did. Paul Newman has lost the plot. Word is he will claim at Ferg’s court date on 7 December “if you take some time off and don’t teach for a year then you forget how to teach”.


Sorry all you teaching mums who took maternity leave, back to teacher training school for you!


ha-ha-ha-ha what a joke!  Mr Persse can we get a new Education Director pls, a real one who knows what they’re talking about? Pretty pls?  Maybe this is why all your APY schools are in such bad shape?


If you haven’t died laughing already and you want to hear more Paul Newman Lies, this time in person?

Come to the South Australian Employment Tribunal in Adelaide on 7 December to watch Ernabella teacher Ferg Ferguson question Newman on the witness stand in his case.

Is Newman stupid enough to lie under oath? Prolly.

This is Paul Newman:


DECD only protect Leadership and their friends, the staff under them are lied about, bullied, mentally/emotionally and professionally abused and lose their jobs if they complain too much, and sometimes so do their partners.  Please read this link: DECD TEACHERS LIE IN COURT.

Friends with the Education Minister? You can do whatever you like to your staff and then blame them, just make sure Minister Close has some nice photos for her Facebook page to keep her happy.

Why make this blog?  Please read the FAQ and @ the top right corner.

All photos taken from the public internet.

This blog copies the model of other Education Department blogs:

Teachers With Intergrity


South Australia APY lands schools

Bad Apple Bullies

A Dingo Named Gerald

Bullshit Lies & Bullies NT

Schmoooz and guarantee it’s not your job you lose!

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Schmoooz 2

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Premier Jay Weatherill should understand the legal consequences of continuing to ignore Paul Newman’s behaviour, he’s a lawyer!

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Silence is Paul Newman’s (and Mark Ames’s) best friend. Those who know, must speak up.

Whether or not the large amount of complaints against Paul Newman are true, it’s clear that Open Secrets in DECD only exist because people stay quiet.

“It’s unbelievable,” an HR person said when asked if she’d heard how many people had left teaching or been forced out because of him. “He’s such a nice guy”, she went on, “Maybe there’s something wrong with all those teachers, maybe they’re not the right people for the job out there.”

Not unbelievable to us, what’s really unbelievable is the protection from DECD Newman’s gotten.

A powerful man being accused of bullying and harassing teachers both in and out of the workplace is an entirely believable scenario.

A powerful man being accused of doing all this 1500kms away out in the desert where nobody really cares much about what goes on is an entirely believable scenario.

A powerful man being accused of hand picking his ‘yes men’ (and women) on selection panels so he can continue his workplace abuse is an entirely believable scenario.
Those who never get a job in the APY Lands after crossing Newman will understand and there are lots of those people.

The gloss of the cultural experience in the APY Lands and its mythology cannot hide what is happening out there. This has nothing at all to do with the teachers, it is not their fault. This is about Leadership, this is about power.

Teachers in the APY Lands feel helpless, they feel like they have no access to justice when they complain. It’s too easy to be bullied again after you complain so many people suffer in silence. It’s too easy for DECD to cover it all up then after Newman has told more lies about you and discredited your story, which HR and ECU lap up like a cat with a bowl of cream, then he turns on you and you have nowhere to hide and nobody to help you.

What people do have, though, is access to the internet. People can speak out with some protection but everybody knows if you put your name to anything it is still seen as pretty much a career-terminating move. Newman will know where to find you.

But for a teacher’s career to end, more than one person has to be complicit in an unspoken agreement that certain behaviour is just part of the deal of working in the APY Lands. The fact that Newman mixes with politicians including Jay Weatherill changes nothing.

But sometimes even those staff ganging up on you with the support of powerful people can still come unstuck: read DECD TEACHERS LIE IN COURT.

The misplaced notion that lying about you in the background to damage your career, bullying, harassment or the other kinds of inappropriate behaviour that Newman and his hand-picked cronies have committed is all fine and dandy disguises a level of collusion that is very worrying. Workplace bullying is still not career-terminating for men like Paul Newman but being vocal about being bullied is. And then there’s all the sleazy sexist comments and slimy touching of arms and shoulders.  Some people would call that bordering on sexual assault.

There should be no self-congratulatory back patting here just because this DECD Open Secret has now been published on the internet but it is the beginning of taking back some power.

The shut-down of brave individuals who speak out is galling. Everybody knows that for change to come, silence has to be broken. “Your silence will not protect you,” someone once said. “Silence = death” as Aids activists used to chant.

Not being overly dramatic here but if those who are paid to protect employees (AEU, DECD HR and ECU to name some) are not speaking out about the abuse of teachers and AEWs then they are part of it. The silence that still hangs around such bullying and harassment in DECD will surely break. But for now it speaks volumes.

Open Secrets can only be maintained by complicity. Who wouldn’t want to play a part in breaking a story about more teachers and DECD employees being abused?

Just look what silence and looking the other way did for the victims of Jimmy Savile.

Why onlookers hold the key to standing up to bullies.

As a victim of bullying in the APY Lands I think the best way to prevent it is to use the same peer pressure that brings it about.

Unofficial polls often show that more than half of school teachers say bullying is a problem in the APY Lands. This, depressingly, is not in line with official polls on the subject – this shows that people are scared to speak out.

It is also worthwhile to think about the lived experience of bullying.

One of the most painful things about being bullied is not so much the intimidation, humiliation and fear of losing your job – though obviously that’s a large part – but the confusion. Why is this person doing this to me? What did I do to deserve it?

There are a number of motivations behind bullying: First, and most confusingly of all, is the fact that some people simply enjoy bullying for its own sake. To exert power and cruelty over someone weaker than you, or different, is a big kick for a certain kind of person, and such people are not particularly rare. Paul Newman fits into this category.

A related point is that bullying is often an activity that is collectively enjoyed. The group – or mob, if you want to think of it that way – loves to find a scapegoat. It doesn’t matter that the victim is innocent – the point is, the person being bullied provides an “outsider” who can help give the group identity. Such bullying happens not only in schools, but also in workplaces, and pretty much any place where you put more than a dozen people together. It is rife in the APY Lands, made much worse by the isolation and geographical location. Paul Newman thrives on this part of his bullying.

What should one do if one is being bullied? There is no easy answer. Dobbing in your assailant violates the bully’s warped code, but it’s a possible way out – or, like the other option of fighting back, it can simply make things worse. Others become jokers or fools. Or you can just tough it out and hope the bully will get bored and move on to someone else. Unfortunately once Newman has you in his sights you are pretty much done for, or so he would like everybody to believe. In this way he prevents many from fighting back because they are scared it will get worse and DECD won’t protect you.

But bullies like Paul Newman get a lot of their power from our silence and this is one of the greatest weapons bullied victims have – their voice – as long as the employer is listening. If the employer won’t listen and you keep all the documentation to prove it then tell the Office for Public Integrity about DECD misconduct.

There is a school of thought that suggests we should have some sympathy for the bully – that being bullied makes you into a bully in the first place. But the idea that bullies have been bullied themselves is largely a myth. According to evolutionary psychologists, bullying appears to be hardwired, and on the whole bullies are socially, that is to say, evolutionarily, successful. Many species bully, and not only primates. It’s a way of riding up the dominance hierarchy or, if you’re a chicken, the pecking order.

So what can I say to console or advise any DECD teacher who is being bullied? If there’s any positive side to it all, it may be true that it can help build resilience, as many of my parents’ generation believed. But that’s only if, sooner or later, you make a stand against it.

Perhaps the solution isn’t really in the hands of the bullied – it’s in the hands of other, often stronger, onlookers, the non-bullied, who may pretend not to notice, either because they enjoy the spectacle or they are afraid of being bullied themselves.

The most effective solution would be for those employees to withhold approval and condemn the perpetrator – and to be encouraged to do so by schools and DECD. If we collectively “name and shame” bullies, bullying would fall. Nothing in the end is stronger than peer pressure – and in that fashion, the same force that often brings about bullying, can also make it cease.

The other option is to document all your stressful situations, regularly speak to a counsellor, get them to document it all too, then speak to a lawyer who specialises in workplace psychological injuries.

If you can prove (and we all know they do this every time) that DECD knew but looked the other way and did nothing when you complained about Paul Newman, causing your psychological injury then you might be in line for a huge payout, like these teachers/employees were:

Teacher Peter Doulis wins $1.3m payout after unruly students drive him to the brink

Emily Portelli, Herald Sun September 16, 2014 1:30am

A VICTORIAN teacher driven to the brink by unruly students including one who made a flamethrower in class will pocket close to $1.3 million from taxpayers.

Peter Doulis has today been awarded more than half a million dollars for lost future earnings, increasing his total taxpayer-funded pay check to around $1.3 million.

The Department of Education was also ordered by the Supreme Court to fork out for the former Werribee Secondary College teacher’s legal costs, which could total up to $380,000.

Australia: Employee bullied by CEO receives $1.4 million compensation

Last Updated: 4 October 2017

Article by Paul O’Halloran

Colin Biggers & Paisley


The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland to award a psychiatrically injured employee significant damages provides a stark reminder for executive teams, shareholders and boards: failure to identify and address bullying behaviours could cost you millions.


In Robinson v State of Queensland [2017] QSC 165, the Supreme Court of Queensland has awarded an executive employee $1,468,991.11 in damages (plus costs) after finding that she had been subjected to “repeated managerial mistreatment” by her boss, the CEO of a health organisation in Queensland. The employer was held to have been liable in negligence for failing in its duty of care to provide a safe system of work.

The Court found that over the period of a year, the CEO engaged in “unjustified blaming, humiliation, belittling, isolation, undermining and contemptuous disregard” towards the employee, which resulted in the employee ceasing work permanently and developing a serious psychiatric injury.

The bullying conduct fell into the following categories:

  • isolating the employee and flippantly excluding her from decision making and team meetings
  • unjustified blaming and humiliatingly loud and public “dressing down” of the employee in front of other staff
  • failing to inform the employee of allegations made against her and failing to provide allegations in writing despite repeated requests
  • making decisions impacting upon the teams managed by the employee without consulting her and communicating these decisions to staff without advising her


For other tips for a successful legal claim for bullying against DECD and Paul Newman read this: