Viewing entries posted in April 2012

The Power and Limits of Professional Knowledge

Posted by Barbara Etter on 30 April 2012 | 1 Comments

A few years ago I bought a brilliant book entitled Critical Thinking (Paul & Elder 2002) at Singapore airport. It is a fascinating read. I came across a particularly useful section this morning in researching material on critical thinking in a professional context. The book reminds us that all humans are "fallible" in predictable ways in that we are:

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Murderers Amongst Us!

Posted by Barbara Etter on 29 April 2012 | 0 Comments

Have been powering through the writing of my first true crime novel. Have now produced 34,000 words but still have some critical issues/areas to cover. Hope to have a first draft manuscript ready very soon. Will soon be sourcing photos and perhaps even designing and painting my own cover. Interesting article in today's Sunday Tasmanian about e-publishing. Planning to attend a forum on digital publishing here in Hobart on Wednesday night. Also looking to join the Tasmanian Writers' Centre. Delighted to see that Yvette Erskine's latest novel Betrayal is now available. Loved The Brotherhood!

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No, I haven't gone AWOL!

Posted by Barbara Etter on 22 April 2012 | 0 Comments

You may have been wondering why I haven't posted for a while given the frequency of my former posts. I have been very much head down, tail up, writing my first true crime book. It will be titled "Murderers Amongst Us" and will be a great read, I promise! I am about one-third of the way through the book and really have some amazing momentum with the project. Even turning my mind to appropriate covers! (may even paint one of my own!).

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Saying of the Night!

Posted by Barbara Etter on 15 April 2012 | 0 Comments

Last night I attended a Hobart Rotary fundraising dinner on the SS Cartela to commemorate the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic exactly 100 years ago. The Cartelia, a timber ferry, was actually built in 1912 so there were some fascinating parallels. Guests were encouraged to wear period costume so there were flowing gowns, gloves, stoles, and lots of feathers, lace and bling! We all even sang along to a well-played piano with tunes like Show Me the Way to Go Home, I Belong to Glasgow, MacNamara's Band and Alexander's Ragtime Band. (I had to reflect on how I knew these songs!). The saying of the night was from the MC "John X" who pointed out "The early bird might get the worm, but it is the second mouse that gets the cheese!".

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Blog on Tasmania Police Investigative Principles picked up by Tasmanian Media

Posted by Barbara Etter on 14 April 2012 | 0 Comments

My blog entry entitled "Tasmania Police Investigative Procedures - Are they Adequate?" posted on Thursday 12 April 2012, was posted  on the Tasmanian Times website yesterday see link and is now attracting some very interesting and supportive comments, including one which expresses astonishment at the "institutional ignorance, or contempt, of basic justice principles" reflected in the Tasmanian Police Manual (which, admittedly, is said to be under review).

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Latest Edition of Public Administration Today published by the Institute of Public Administration Australia

Posted by Barbara Etter on 14 April 2012 | 0 Comments

In a previous blog posting of 1 March 2012 entitled "Institute of Public Administration Australia", I referred readers to an article entitled "Rotting Apples?" and an editorial which touched upon my "rapid and somewhat curious" departure from the Integrity Commission (see link at earlier posting). I was heartened by the comments therein. Only this week, I received the next edition of Public Administration Today (PAT) to find further reference to my "situation" where "some angst" was reportedly revealed from a Tasmanian source in relation to the earlier article. In response, the Editor has effectively asked them to "put up or shut up", politely, of course! In the same edition, in relation to Tasmanian IPAA activities, the publication, alongside a report/overview of a Conflict of Interest presentation recently given by Integrity Commission Chief Commissioner Murray Kellam AO, is a lovely progress report on my well-being and new business. There is also a link provided to one of my latest speeches on ethical leadership which I gave to the Tasmania Leaders Program Alumni on 15 March 2012 entitled "Beware the Ides of March!". I personally find it refreshing that a public sector publication is prepared to touch on difficult and "thorny" issues.  I do appreciate their interest and concern.

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Does Forensic Science Really Exist?

Posted by Barbara Etter on 13 April 2012 | 0 Comments

Last night I attended the bi-monthly meeting of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) here in Hobart. We were very honoured to have National Branch President, Professor Claude Roux from UTS in Sydney as our guest speaker. Claude is Professor of Forensic Science and the founding Director of the UTS Centre for Forensic Science. He has achieved and sustained international recognition as a global leader in the area of forensic science research. The topic of his talk was "Does Forensic Science Really Exist?"

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Live Out Loud!

Posted by Barbara Etter on 13 April 2012 | 1 Comments

I attended my normal Thursday lunchtime meeting of Hobart Rotary yesterday. Former District Governor, Una Hobday, reminded Rotarians to "live out loud", which really struck a chord with me. As my husband often says, life is too short and too precious to live life as a "barcode"!  I really do love the popular and well-known quote about skidding sideways into your own grave:

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Tasmania Police Investigation Procedures - Are they Adequate?

Posted by Barbara Etter on 12 April 2012 | 1 Comments

Whilst the 715 page Tasmanian Police Manual (TPM) has just recently been removed from the Tasmania Police website and is currently under review (although I am unaware which sections are the subject of the actual review), I was interested to read the "General Principles" of Investigation Procedures at page 295 of my saved document (para 4.5.3.1). The principles provide a useful starting point to evaluate the effectiveness and integrity of an investigation by the Tasmania Police. The section states:

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Tasmanian Police Manual update

Posted by Barbara Etter on 12 April 2012 | 1 Comments

I have now been advised by the RTI people at Tasmania Police that the Tasmanian Police Manual (TPM) "is currently undergoing a major re-write and amendment and that will not be completed for several months. Upon completion of the re-write and amendments the TPM will again be posted on our web page". I will be particularly interested in any amendments to the disclosure policy/guidelines in criminal matters. Fortunately, an astute member of the team working on Sue Neill-Fraser's case has a copy of the complete document so we can continue to utilise this invaluable resource. Public access to such information is vital and an expected arrangement in relation to government transparency and accountability.

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