We quote directly from a statement from the AEU NT published 6th July 2021.
Serious concerns relating management of Milingimbi School were first brought to the attention of the AEU NT Branch in mid-2017, when two teachers and AEU members employed at the school contacted our office with numerous and detailed complaints about practices within the school. Our members’ allegations were provided in writing and detailed.
AEU senior officers provided these allegations to senior DoE officers in August 2017, who agreed to investigate them. An external investigator was appointed. He visited Milingimbi at least once and produced a report for the Department in November 2017, which, our officers subsequently learned, found that the allegations were not substantiated. This outcome was confirmed to the employees who had made the complaint via letter from a senior departmental officer in December 2017.
DoE senior officers were thus made aware in mid-2017 of numerous concerns regarding this Principal’s conduct, thanks to the intervention of the AEU NT and the courage of our members who made the allegations at considerable professional risk. These two teachers were ostracised within the school at the principal’s behest because she suspected they had contacted the AEU. Their continuing employment there in such a hostile environment was untenable.
None of these comments come as a surprise to The Trust, we know the NT Government script. You can read the whole AEU NT statement at this Link.
The Trust also notes that the AEU NT did not conduct a media campaign at the material time they were contacted by union members with complaints against Jennifer Lea Sherrington, the principal of Milingimbi School at the time. Sadly unions seem to kowtow to the NT Government.
The AEU NT does not even name the principal concerned in the ICAC report. That says a lot about the approach taken by the AEU NT. Weak!