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Truth-Telling Commission

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14 May 2021

"Today marks the beginning of a stronger future for Victoria, as we take the next step in an historic journey towards truth, justice and healing for Aboriginal Victorians. The Aboriginal-led Yoo-rrook Justice Commission has been established as Australia’s first truth-telling process."

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Truth Hurts

"Lying is the art of illusion"

Quote by Tandi "My Cultural Identity"

Lying is the art of "something that deceives or misleads intellectually"

"the state or fact of being intellectually deceived or misled "

Image, Quote and photo by Tandi at "My Cultural Identity"

So may I be so bold as to ask your opinion?

Do you think that the Aboriginal corporation I refer to in my Blogs would be classified as Lying for the sake of looking appropriate to all the "right people" except their own mob?

This is a great example of what the "Truth Telling Commision" should be looking at?

Micro management, bullying, sexism, politicising culture, manipulation, sabotage, dictatorship, controlling, censorship, and failure of duty of care, as well as conflict of interests, breaches of workplace health and safety, endangering employees lives, unethical, immoral, Intimidation, not to mention causing fear amongst the mob's worker's.

What an impressive list of deceitful actions.

Just out of curiosity don't you think these words sound like some sort of corruption or is it just me?

Notice how the words mentioned above are the complete opposite to the words mentioned in the picture below

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Let"s look at one of the words seen in the picture above "Integrity" the opposite is

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I find it interesting the words used as the opposite to "Integrity".

In an Aboriginal corporation one would think that you would show integrity towards your mob not show the opposite. One would think you would show your mob the qualities mentioned in the picture above "Ethics, Respect, Honesty, and Integrity". One would also think an Aboriginal corporation would not act immorally.

Quote "adjective"

"violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics".

Here is just one example of issues within the corporation. Most of the issues I can not mention as the people are too scared of losing their job. They are concerned the corporation will know who the story is about and then they would be sacked. Of course it would be done in such a manner that no one could relate the two instances together.

Failure of duty of care, breaches of workplace health and safety,endangering employees lives.

This person was also an employee of the corporation. They had to use their own vehicle, as a promised work vehicle,(that was part of their work package) was not provided on the day.

The person had to leave the place of employment and travel on rough dirt (like logging roads) roads in a small car to their job site.

This person also had an accident and sustained injuries and their car was also written off. There was also not a first aid kit in the car. (To my understanding there was meant to be. However I'm not certain).

In this case the employee did not put the accident down as a workplace car accident due to the corporation's failure, as this person did not want to lose their job, so they hid the truth.

This person did inform their boss of the accident. Worst than the accident NO ONE showed any concern or rang to see if this worker was ok. As it turns out the worker was Not ok and was injured. I put this not reporting, down as fear, due to intimidation.

Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash

Example 2.

Conflict of Interest.

Now I'm not a legal person so I'm happy to stand corrected on this one, but I will base it on my Directorship training I have done personally as well as time I have spent on Boards of Directors where I was unable to participate in an event due to a declared and recorded in the minutes, conflict of interest.

My understanding of a conflict of interest is, in this instance, a board member can not be a board member and use their position to gain personal financial benefit.

Here is example 2.

Recently the corporation sent an email stating "The TLaWC Board is committed to proper process and to upholding the values of the organisation and of our Taungurung community.

We are also committed to ensuring cultural safety for every member of our organisation, and also for our staff.

Consistent with that commitment, we have determined that no Board member will in future be able to apply for any staff position in the Corporation without first resigning from the Board.

We are also pleased to announce the election of Steve Walsh as Chairperson and Loraine Padgham as Deputy Chairperson".

Don't you think words sound great until you hear the backstory or learn the truth.

I understand that the example I'm about to give is not a staff position as mentioned above. However shouldn't this include consultant work as well. A consultant is still getting financial gain from their position and what to me, makes this worse is that the person I am referring to is the Deputy Chairperson who should know better.

Perhaps it's not a legal issue maybe it's a moral issue. As I said I'm not a legal person I can only go by my teaching and time spent on a couple of boards of directors".

The issue is the Deputy Chairperson is employed as a consultant with the corporation and is doing the language program.

The language program should be a community members program and the chance to be the lead worker should be a community member who does not hold a position on the board. I've seen this in another large and very influential board dealing with water for Aboriginal people at a National level who also deal with the Federal Government.

In this position and the same in my mobs corporation jobs or incoming issues that should go out to the mob don't. For example I was offered to go with this National water mob to New Zealand and represent this water mob. I declined and asked for another Nation member to go. I believe instances like this need to be shared with the mob so everyone gets a go. In this particular instance the person who went was not on the board.

If I'm honest with you, I was disappointed I didn't go. Who wouldn't be? After all I'm only human.

A trip to New Zealand with all expenses paid, Yeh I wanted to go, but it's about doing the right thing.

Am I a goodie 2 shoes or an angel 😆 😆😆😆

No I'm neither. Although it would be nice to be able to fly like an angel.


Giff by Giffy from Wix

Legal definition of Conflict of Interest as per

Quote "Conflict of Interest"

"A term used to describe the situation in which a public official or fiduciary who, contrary to the obligation and absolute duty to act for the benefit of the public or a designated individual, exploits the relationship for personal benefit, typically pecuniary.

In certain relationships, individuals or the general public place their trust and confidence in someone to act in their best interests. When an individual has the responsibility to represent another person—whether as administrator, attorney, executor, government official, or trustee—a clash between professional obligations and personal interests arises if the individual tries to perform that duty while at the same time trying to achieve personal gain........................."

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Quote as per

"Key responsibilities of company directors

As a director, you are responsible for oversight of the affairs of the company. You must comply with your legal obligations as a director under the Corporations Act 2001. This is the case even if you appoint an agent to look after your company’s affairs.

As a director, you must be fully up-to-date on what your company is doing, including its financial position, question managers and staff about how the business is going and take an active part in directors’ meetings.

You must not use your position as a director of a company – or information obtained because you are or have been a director, officer, or employee of a company – to cause detriment to the company or to gain an advantage for yourself or someone else.

When you make a business decision as a company director, you must, amongst other things, ensure that you:

  • make the decision in good faith and for a proper purpose

  • do not have a material personal interest in the decision and make it in the best interests of the company

  • find out and assess how any decision will affect your company’s business performance, especially if it involves a lot of the company’s money or could have a material impact on the company's reputation

  • keep informed about your company’s financial position and performance, ensuring your company can pay its debts on time

  • get trusted professional advice when you need assistance to make an informed decision

  • make full and frank disclosure about any material personal interests you do have

There are penalties and consequences – including civil penalties, compensation proceedings and criminal charges – for directors who fail to comply with their obligations under Australian law.

All the duties and responsibilities listed on this page are the minimum obligations for directors and officers of small propriety companies".

I'm not sure if it is the same for a corporation though.

You must not use your position as a director of a company – or information obtained because you are or have been a director, officer, or employee of a company – to cause detriment to the company or to gain an advantage for yourself or someone else.

The section above should also apply to the CEO whose mother was brought out of 8 years of retirement and GIVEN a position in management. The position was not even advertised.


In the words of the former Democrat's leader Don Chipp I want to

"keep the bastards honest".

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I can only hope that the outcome to these post's and other's to come, achieve cultural change in the corporation of my mob for the Aboriginal workers and for the mob as a whole.

This is what the "Truth Telling Commission" should be looking at.


Thank you very much for joining me and I hope you come back. Have a real deadly day. Deadly in our lingo means real good or really really good.


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