There is a real drive among some MPs to humiliate staff in front of others. They are pretty dismissive, with an attitude of “I’m elected, and you are not.
Not different to Public sector landscapes where selected Grouchish comedians parade attitude “I am EL1 or EL2 or SES and you are not!” (The open source re kill list as there are a top secret lists in emails between smiling spicy assassins - under freedom from information)
In a nutshell, my [MP] is highly emotional, super aggressive, rude and abusive towards staff. To give you some examples, [they] will walk into the office and won’t acknowledge or talk to you at all, go straight to [their] office and just shut the door... The Member set up a toxic work environment. It was very hierarchical with [them] at the top and [they] would pit staff against one another. ( … it is rare even in federal public service to come across stories where cream rises to the top one can list of the handful good true leaders … )
Ms Broderick is well aware of that Cope wrote an insightful article on myths and realities of management inside the legislature
Those who remember Russell Grove as Clerk to the Lower house, or as Johnno Johnson used to joke the house of peasants, will remember the surname Broderick as Russell used to have Patricia Broderick as his secretary. Patricia was very much liked unlike her boss. Elizabeth Broderick is also much liked and popular this week among the servant quarters of the Legislature.
NSW Parliament, Elizabeth Broderick report: Politicians charged with making offensive remarks
In the corridors of power, a number of shocking incidents have been documented, from an MP telling a staff member her breasts looked “good in that” to rape allegations.
I would say the culture, as a whole, is very hierarchical, exclusionary, brutal and elitist. I mean, you only have to look at how [Members] behave towards each other in Question Time and how such behaviour is celebrated to see how that culture is set from the top, which then flows down to the staff and others in Parliament
Leading for Change Independent Review of Bullying, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in NSW Parliamentary Workplaces 2022
Mr Secord was known for digging up dirt on Opposition MPs and overseeing ministers' public statements. During question time he would hand out media releases from a trolley that was known by the press as "the Trolley of Truth"
A report into work culture in the NSW Parliament has catalogued a series of shocking incidents in the halls of power - from an MP telling a staffer her breasts looked 'good in that' to allegations of rape.
“Speaking up is only the first step. The true test is how leaders respond when people actually do speak up. Stage-setting and inviting participation indeed build psychological safety. But if a boss responds with anger or disdain as soon as someone steps forward to speak up about a problem, the safety will quickly evaporate. A productive response must be appreciative, respectful, and offer a path forward.”
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“How Much Frustration Can You Deal With?” And that’s a question that everyone has to ask themselves. Yes, working with people involves frustrations. Most of the time, I’d like to think that those frustrations are minor. Maybe they even become a source of some good-natured laughs. I actually know a few past co-workers with differences that we were able to turn into some fun moments.