26 September 2023

Gender bent

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Prominent news this week from the observers of the national gender pay gap that reveled little had changed in the past six months with female workers still 14 per cent behind their better paid male colleagues.

Announcing the latest stubborn gap, the Federal Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) calculated the annual ‘Equal Pay Day’ to be 28 August, the day on which women’s annual salaries for the past financial year finally catch up with men’s.

And while it’s not a humorous matter, the WGEA revealed its frustration with the status quo in a cheeky way, referring to the Day as ‘(Un) Equal Pay Day’.

Such bold creativity is worth more money on its own!

Careering away

Special mention of Christian O from Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services, who related to last week’s litany of dead departments that make up the story of this gadabout correspondent’s itinerant PS career.

“I read with joy your list of career journeys,” Christian wrote

“If I saw you walking in the door, I’d be finding an empty copy paper box and packing up my desk belongings with haste!”

Thanks Christian (I think!). I’ll take that as a compliment.

I hope you’ll accept a popular PS-sssst! Pack of goodies (Book, Lite-up pen and T-shirt) for your contribution.


Opening up the PS News “Congratulations To Us” file now in which the boastful congratulations-worthy news has emerged that a new member of the PS News family has been born but with a slightly different accent.

PS News New Zealand has entered the world last week, delivering the same style and format of news and information services PS News Australia has been leading the world doing since 2005.

But while we’re busily congratulating ourselves on our expansion, we haven’ lost sight of the reality that it’s you, the long-reading readers of PS News, who give us the confidence to spread our pages internationally.

And the first one to suggest the NZ edition will be cheaper to publish due to the saving on vowels, you shld be ashamed of yrself!

The lying game

An intriguing article has been included in this week’s collection of PS News’s ‘Management Matters’ wisdom reporting on a survey of people who admit to telling lies at work.

According to the study, the most popular lies among workers are “I’m sick”, “There was traffic on my way in,” “I’m working on it right now,” and “I can’t come in because I have an appointment”.

Other fibs in common use are “I never got your message,” “It wasn’t my fault,” “I’m having computer issues,” and “I’m too busy to take on more work.”

And while the learned article is genuine, serious and professional, PS-sssst! wonders whether it might suffer from a fatal flaw.

If the repondents to the survey are all self-confessed liars, how do we know they’re telling the truth to the researchers?

Check for yourself. The article can be accessed at this PS News link.

Dead giveaway

To another edition of Rama Gaind’s gratuitous giveaway now in which three lucky readers stand to walk away with free copies of the action-packed true story DVD of the Western movie Dead Man Standing, starring Luke Arnold, C. Thomas Howell and Viva Bianca.

To join Rama’s winning circle, all we needed to do was name the town where the tragic events unfolded.

And those who told Rama the town was Hyde Park and whose entries managed to squeeze out of the PS News Barrel of Booty in the first three were Brad M from the Queensland Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Margaret S from the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office and Vivienne M from the Australian Taxation Office.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone for taking part. The DVDs will be on their way shortly.

For another chance to take advantage of Rama’s giveaway generosity, simply follow this link to this week’s competition and give it a go.

Good luck to all who do.

Moving picture tickets


Staying with the redoubtable Rama, our giveaway queen excelled herself by pulling off another coup for movie lovers with the promise of free double passes up for grabs in the weeks ahead.

“First is to the psychological thriller Angel of Mine and the second is Animals which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival,” a breathless Rama breathed.

So, as they say in all the best publications: Watch this Space!

PS-sssst! on the air

And finally, it’s only taken 14 years but PS-sssst! now has its own email address.

[email protected] will reach us and is open for communications, comments, comebacks, criticisms commendations, critiques and of course compliments and complaints.

And for PS News readers – it’s free!

Till next week……

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