Impact Statements- Government WorkPlace Bullying Review

by Lori Dwyer on August 8, 2012 · 7 comments

If you’re given a chance to confess she details of something you’ve kept to yourself for more than eighteen months, in a controlled environment where the backlash to yourself and your kids will be minimal… you take it.

This is an open, public invite from the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment. I’m going to copy and paste it directly so I don’t stuff up any of the details, which I have been known to do.

Please be advised of an upcoming public hearing for the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment inquiry into workplace bullying on 17 August 2012 in the Main Committee Room at Parliament House in Canberra.
Invited organisations will appear to give evidence on the public record from 8:30 am to 12 noon.
I wish to advise that there will be an opportunity for you to share your personal story of workplace bullying, if you wish, during a one hour-long Impacts Statement session commencing at 12:05 pm. This session will be closed, namely only those giving a statement will be permitted to remain in the room and all present asked to respect the confidentiality of that shared information.
The evidence will be recorded by Hansard but only for private use by the secretariat and you will be identified to the Committee only by your initials.
If you would like to speak during that session the secretariat will have a list that morning for you to self nominate. Each person will have 5 minutes.

It possibly goes without saying that I will be there. If you have a story to tell, something that’s relevant and needs to be liberated from the silence that surrounds it… maybe you should come, too. And if you do, please come and say hello.

Mark Twain says that all it takes for evil to flourish if for good men to do nothing. All it takes for a culture of acceptance and silence to continue is for a society of people to say nothing at all… it’s easier that way.

For now. Until the tragedy becomes yours, and the things you were ignoring explode when you’re not looking.

If nothing else comes of this, of what my kids and I have had to endure…

If nothing else, then let people speak.

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Anonymous August 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thank you for reminding me of that Twain quote…

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Holly August 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Lori, imagine my surprise when I opened my monthly magazine fix Mindfood and saw you and your gorgeous little ones smiling out of the pages! Good on you for contributing your story to the magazine, I think it's really great that Mindfood have run a story on suicide to coincide with the Suicide Awareness Day in September and the more people who hear your story and know about the real and tragic impacts of suicide the better. Keep it up, loving your blog and your writing!

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Anonymous August 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm

You (and Mark Twain) are so right – when people just walk by and pretend they didn't see and didn't hear, when they hope and pray that someone else will take care of it, when people don't speak, things will never change. I wish you strength and courage to tell your truth (and Tony's) and I pray that it will change the hearts and minds of those listening.

-Crystal

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Melissa August 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Stand up and speak out! Way to go Lori

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Fiona August 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Go get em!!

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Jen August 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

That will be a hard thing to do for you but hopefully it will do some good. You're doing some good. Go girl!

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woahmolly.com August 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

I wish you strength and hope your words come easy for that day. I'll be thinking of you and sending you good thoughts and stuff.

(That Mark Twain quote is amazing and it's something I live by, even though my speaking out has gotten me into trouble many times. Too many people just let things slide, and I can't be one of them anymore.)

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