A report on the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission by former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty said it was time to cull the number of high-ranking police and lawyers working for the CMC.
Mr Keelty recommended a clean-out of senior CMC staff to assist with "cultural change".
A reliance on entrenched work practices by long-serving staff and a lack of responsiveness ... places the organisation at risk of being corrupted itself without a regular rotation of key staff, which is a practice adopted by many like agencies," Mr Kelty wrote.
Senior CMC staff should be placed on three to five-year contracts.
Some staff needed to be "rotated out of the organisation to assist in cultural change", Mr Keelty advised. But Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says the report also praises the work acting CMC chairperson Dr Ken Levy is doing to reform the organisation.
But Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says the report also praises the work acting CMC chairperson Dr Ken Levy is doing to reform the organisation.
Robina Cosser says : Why is all of this important to Queensland classroom teachers?
Because while the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) is not functioning well, classroom teachers are at greater risk of workplace abuse.
My understanding of the situation is this :
At this time of year (just before the school holidays), good, experienced teachers are liable to be called into their principal's office and told that they will be on Managing Unsatisfactory Performance (MUP - it used to be called the DWP) after the holidays.
Well principals get annoyed with experienced teachers because they are more confident and they make 'troublemaking' suggestions at staff meetings.
So principals want to get rid of them and replace them with cheaper, more easily managed inexperienced teachers.
And the principals don't want the bother of actually putting the experienced teachers on MUP - all of that pesky paperwork - so, just before a holiday, they give the experienced teacher a verbal warning that they will be on MUP after the holidays.
The principal is hoping that the teacher will get a transfer, resign or suicide.
And save the principal all of that pesky paperwork.
Now, if the CMC were functioning well, principals would not be able to get away with this sort of behaviour.
But at the moment, if you complain to the CMC that the Department of Education Code of Conduct, Managing Unsatisfactory Performance process, Public Service Regulations, etc are being abused, there is a 2 per cent chance that they will do anything about your disclosure.
And there is a 98 per cent chance that the CMC will send your disclosure back to the department, so that the principal can investigate themselves and find no evidence of their own abuse.
So Queensland classroom teachers really need the Crime and Misconduct Commission to function properly.
Queensland classroom teachers need the CMC to protect them from the abuse of the MUP process.