Sunday, 2 November 2008

Griffithgate: the next phase

After the law firm Minter Ellison so haughtily referred a reply to my letter to Griffith University - whose Pro Vice Chancellor, it seems, emailed me on their behalf - I am wondering what their clients in general would have to say about that scenario.

Letters are therefore going out to them with a brief summary of the background and the links to the Otoom website and the blog. The text describes Minter Ellison's attitude as aiding and abetting the actions of Griffith. Who knows, perhaps one or the other comes up with some kind of response.

The last few years have shown how intransigent the corporate culture can be in this state. Serious complaints can be raised by staff and rather than addressing the issue their superiors keep them quiet and sometimes even threaten them with dismissal. Only when other parties are brought into the picture, whether the media or more formal investigative bodies, are situations brought into the open.

Considering how human activity systems work, outside pressure is only becoming effective if its sheer weight is sufficient to overcome the obstacles put into place by individuals who prefer to retreat into obstinacy. It is a reflection of the general ambience here, the persistence to disregard verbal communication in favour of more aggressive options. Not without reason did the following comment appear in this year's September/October issue of the travel magazine arrivals+departures, "Now, in a city that regards late night diners with suspicion and philosophers with scorn...".

As to those options, what would other, more locally situated demographics consider when faced with a treatment representing a similar degree of destruction to one's life?

This question has been put to Gold Coast lawyer Chris Nyst, known for his defence of famous people but also for his films that deal with Queensland's underworld. So far he has not responded.

As the case drags on it says a lot about the underlying culture of this society.

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