• Private certifier gets nailed – depaNews November 2010
  • Wake up and don't worry - depaNews February 2011
  • HR professionals – depaNews January 2009
  • Upper Hunter gets coy – depaNews March 2011
  • BPB kills off B1 & B2 - depaNews July 2009
  • Councillors behaving badly Part One - depaNews December 2009
  • Councillors behaving badly Part Two - depaNews December 2009
  • Who is Peter Hurst? - depaNews August 2010
  • It's time to go, Peter Part One - depaNews September 2006
  • It's time to go Peter Part Two - depaNews December 2006
  • BPB survey on accreditation – depaNews November 2008
  • Improbable things start to come true – depaNews June 2010
  • Sex, lies and development – depaNews February 2008
  • Pizza man feeds non-members – depaNews April 2011
  • Bankstown wins HR Award – depaNews December 2010
  • Love him or loathe him - depaNews October 2007
  • Good Bad & Ugly issue – depaNews November 2010
  • Upper Hunter lets the dogs out - depaNews February 2011
  • IRC puts brakes on belligerent seven – depaNews June 2009
  • It's Tweedledum and not Tweedledumber - depaNews March 2007
  • 28 April International Day of Mourning - depaNews April 2009
  • IRC orders Hurst 'apology' published - depaNews December 2010
  • Debate on IR policy – depaNews August 2007
  • Developer agrees to apologise – depaNews November 2010
  • OH&S Day of Mourning – depaNews April 2009

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Private certifier gets nailed – depaNews November 2010

Laurel and Hardy

Bernie gets nailed but who is Phillip Hayward?

Please stop sending us links to the decision of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal in Building Professionals Board v Cohen (No 2)(2010) NSWADT 266.

It gives us no pleasure (well, not much) to see someone who renounced employment in local government like Bernie did, fined, having his certificate of accreditation cancelled and banned from re-applying for two years and being disqualified from being an accredited certified director or otherwise involved in the management of any business doing this stuff for five years.

And that was nowhere near as severe as the BPB wanted because the BPB was sick of the constant number of complaints and allegations against him.

We can't speculate about Bernie's work at Liverpool, Parramatta and other places, but we would be surprised if this is how it operated while he worked in local government.

But in providing a character reference of sorts for Bernie, someone who should know better made it clear that they think local government is loose with process and that person is Phillip Hayward, Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Surveyors and a bloke with a pretty impressive looking history. His personal profile on the Institution of Surveyors' site reveals that since 2005, not only has he been a non judicial member of the General Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, but he "is a member of the Disciplinary and Accreditation Committees of the Building Professionals Board."

He gave evidence on Bernie's behalf in the Administrative Decisions Tribunals and there is a summary of that evidence in paragraph 19 of the Decision where it claims he made "a case for some understanding to be shown of loose practice by certifiers from Mr Cohen’s background, that of a senior inspector in local government."

We will be taking up the appropriateness of this bloke’s offensive and defamatory observations against local government employees both with Mr Hayward and the BPB.

 

Robbo's Pearls...

Farewell Ernie, thanks for everything

Ernie Page 18 February 1935 - 20 May 2018

Ernie Page was a comrade to me and depa and a friend of local government.  He was a community activist before the expression was invented, a councillor on Waverley Council for 15 years from 1962 to 1987 and Mayor for nine of those years, a member of the New South Wales Parliament representing the seat of Waverley from 1981 until 1991 when it was abolished, and then three more terms as member for Coogee.

Ernie was a lifelong member of the ALP, was active in his union the USU and was awarded life membership in recognition, was the Shadow Minister for Local Government for what seemed like forever and the Minister for Local Government from 1995 to 1999.  It was during this time he entrenched his position as a friend of depa, organised drinks in Parliament House for a freshly elected Committee of Management, regularly attended depa events, was always available for advice, assistance and to be lobbied, and was responsible as Minister for Local Government for establishing a consultative mechanism between Government and the local government unions and in the Five Year Review of the Local Government Act in 1998 recommended the removal of term contracts for senior staff - sadly, like some of Ernie’s best ideas, killed off by the conservatives in the Parliamentary Party and the Cabinet Office.

Ernie believed in and loved local government.  He knew how it worked, where it was deficient, where it should improve and what should be done to improve it.  And while appointed by Bob Carr as Minister in 1995, he was also removed by Carr in 1999 in one of his worst decisions. Ernie was furious and disappointed, privileging me to a call containing more C words than I thought humanly possible, and unchallenged by anything I’ve seen or heard before or after.
 
Thanks, Ernie.  At a time when we have little respect for our politicians, either State or in local government, that we don’t have more people devoting their working lives as assiduously, selflessly and honourably, as you did.


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