Tips and rumours

Sep 21, 2012

Tips and rumours

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From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Not a taxing time. The ATO is keen to catch out high-earners who are shortchanging the public purse, but perhaps they should look closer to home to save money. A PR insider reckons “most of the ATO’s senior HR cohort” is heading to next week’s HRIZON Human Resource Congress in Melbourne — where registration costs more than $2000 a pop (plus hundreds more to attend workshops). Don’t forget accommodation and travel costs. There’s an app where you can see who’s attending, and our mole claims there’s more than 30 going from the ATO — which would cost the taxpayer a cool $100,000. Our mole had this to say:

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7 thoughts on “Tips and rumours

  1. David Allen

    The effect of the Brisbane breeze in revealing (?) the royal bottom led 10’s 5pm news in Qld on that particular day. The ‘almost expose’ being the whole point of their story.

    One thing I miss, as a lapsed Catholic, is penance. I find watching Channel 10’s news and ‘The Bolt Report’ an appropriate punishment for my sins.

  2. Kevin Rennie

    For the Oz netizens reactions to Cory’s man bites dog/ dogs bite back moment, please see my roundup for Global Voices Australia: Same Sex Marriage Debate Unleashes Beast.

  3. Observer

    The ATO junket should be a real eye-opener. I had a look at the APP and there are some interesting topics on the agenda. In the light of the ATO whistleblower bullying story I wonder whether ATO staff will be leading the discussion on these topics;

    1. If succession planning and talent management really work, how come the wrong people so often get to the top?

    2. New global challenges in talent & reward: Attracting and retaining the critical players.

    3. Actions speak louder than words

    4. Challenges of managing and developing human capability

  4. heavylambs

    So Kate has breasts and now a bottom…pretty soon we’ll have a real princess!

    Constructing a real Cory will be a lot harder.

  5. Lois Rasmussen

    Executive Level staff at the ATO have as part of their remuneration agreement a set amount of money to spend on self education, check for yourself on the website link: Most use it for keeping their membership of professional organisations like CPA and the required courses for that registration. HR staff would be required to use their own funds for conferences or have a solid business case to have attendance approved. It would be rare for approval of 30 people from the ato to go to one conference. Usual practice is to send a few key folk to conferences and the internal ato library subscribes to the papers.
    Of course if the ato presents at a conference discounts for the presenter by the organisers may apply. SES I don’t know about.
    Rumour seems exaggerated to my reading.

  6. Jim Wright

    Re the ATO staff attendance at the HR conference. In the 1980s, then Tax Commissioner Trevor Boucher introduced a system of bonuses for ATO officers, dependent upon the money they brought in. In the early 1990s, an ATO officer tried extraordinarily hard to make me bankrupt (it cost me almost everything I owned to avoid it) and I put it down to his chagrin that my late payment (times were bad then) had reduced his bonus. However, from what I have heard about bullying in the ATO, I am beginning to wonder whether his refusal to look me in the eye was because he was ashamed of what his superior officer was making him do. Are these rewards still in place ? If so, it might explain why so many were able to go on this junket

  7. littleblackdog

    The ATO’s spokesperson confirmed that 30 people were attending and the conference website’s attendee list also confirms it: .
    The bit I found interesting in the article was the that amount the ATO said the agency was spending to send the 30 people and the amount the cost of the conference would suggest that either the ATO is getting a huge discount, or they’re not very good at maths (which, as a taxpayer, I find both amusing and slightly disconcerting ;-)). 30 people at a minimum of $2000 for attendance plus accommodation and airfares adds up to a bit more than $58,000 by my reckoning…

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