Re: birding-aus Having a little rave.

Subject: Re: birding-aus Having a little rave.
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 1999 21:25:31 +0900

Thank you Phil, you rose to my usage of "cosy" in exactly the right way.
You plugged in the gap about this misconcept that I purposely left out.
You're right, having just left the education system I'm very aware of how
many govt workers of whatever ilk are having to forgo their best conscience
and suck up to the system, via their boss, just in order to survive in the
Probably the main reason I quit.

>One point about Tony's rave for a start,
>When were government jobs last cosy? In the wildlife sector at least, 
>it seems to me that the managers who make the decisions about what 
>the scientists and conservation workers do have such a skewed sense 
>of priorities that the truly dedicated and motivated people are left 
>fighting their own system, with little if any job security.  Being 
>unable to plan any work of longer than a single year's duration and 
>not knowing when you are likely to be reassigned to another task must 
>be a nightmare for anyone, regardless of how dedicated you are. 
>Rather than keeping your head down low so as to secure your next 
>promotion, I am sure many people in these positions are just working 
>like maniacs to merely make the best of a bad job. They may be 
>voicing their opinions all the time, but it doesn't mean it's getting 
>taken note of.
>You're right, Tony, most people are apathetic, and that includes most 
>of us.  But don't just assume that anyone who doesn't voice their 
>opinions in the same way as you isn't voicing them at all.
>Cheers, Phil.
>Phil Battley,
>Australian School of Environmental Studies,
>Griffith University,
>Queensland 4111,
>Ph: 0061-7-3875-7474
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