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Corporate watchdog fails to pass a conflict of interest test of its own

How ASIC handles conflicts of interest when it relies on swapping staff with industry is key to perceptions of the regulator. And the story is not a good one.

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Tips and rumours

Mandarins urged to get counselling due to EBA reports … James Packer’s boat in the clear … don’t get a pollie’s face tattooed on your back …

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Tips and rumours

IT meltdown gives ATO headaches … Sparks fly at Tecoma Maccas … Talk not cheap at bureaucrat conference … Greenies have friends in Qld department …

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The day Joe Hockey didn’t like public service cuts

Joe Hockey’s efforts to blame Labor for cutting the public service before he could get to it are bizarre and hypocritical. The Coalition plans to slash the public service — so what is he whingeing about? Crikey writers Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Our public service is already efficient — and for a much lower cost

Tony Abbott has launched an efficiency drive across the public service. But on a global scale our system is already very efficient, writes Centre for Policy Development research director Christopher Stone.

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Crikey Calling: the clearing-the-decks podcast

Crikey Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane joins editor Jason Whittaker to look at the first days of a Coalition government: the departmental shake-up and policy challenges ahead.

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Welcome to Washminster: APS sackings send a long-term signal

Memo to public servants: if you ever serve Labor enthusiastically, you may be sacked under a Coalition government. That’s the message from Tony Abbott’s sacking of APS chiefs yesterday.

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Public service changes make sense, but there’s a risk for PM&C

The government has changed the shape of the public service. Governance expert Stephen Bartos argues this mostly makes sense, but PM&C taking on indigenous affairs could backfire.

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Tips and rumours

Bureaucratic changes to prove boon for contractors? … Rupert shouts Cathy McGowan … US ambassador’s eyecatching jumper …

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Same-old, same-old for an APS dealing with constant change

Public servants know what to expect from an incoming Coalition governments. But the cuts will be on top of a long period of Labor downsizing. Change is in the air in Canberra …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Public servants are sleeping with one eye open as they wait for the axe to fall on their jobs. Plus other political snippets of the day.

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Tips and rumours

Tele wants everyone to go West, except itself … no office washing-up liquid in APS … Abbott sneaks into your mailbox …

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Rudd’s public servant axe: can he find 800 more heads?

Kevin Rudd has started shedding public service jobs to pay for policies. But governance expert Stephen Bartos asks: could the public service be trusted to govern itself?

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Tips and rumours

Another law firm brings in pay freeze … the moveable feast of budget-night watering holes … public servants respond to senior job cuts …

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Public service: $600m in savings, but they won’t feel the pinch

The public service has been asked to find $600 million in their budgets over the next four years. But job losses have been kept at a minimum, governance expert Stephen Bartos reports.

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A public service that’s too top-heavy — now the hard part

Yes, the senior ranks of our public service are swelling, and yes, something could be done about it. But cutting willy-nilly will do more harm than good. Public policy expert Stephen Bartos explains.

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The tax office, ‘hired assassins’ and how to gag dissent

The nation’s tax office has been accused of hiring psychiatrists to diagnose and even coerce complainants during legal disputes. Crikey’s freedom of information requests and interviews reveal a worrying culture.

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Don’t mention the war, urges public service boss

The public service continues to grow, despite many departments instituting a hiring freeze, the latest report on the bureaucracy shows. And there’s some helpful advice for tweeting pen-pushers.

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Coalition on APS politicisation: more front than …

Liberal claims about the politicisation of Treasury are rich coming from a party that politicised the entire public service when in government. But is there anything wrong with that?

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Gendernomics: more women needed in key policy agencies

Women are missing from some of our most important policy-making agencies, with real consequences for economic policy. Treasury, at least, is trying to improve.

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Banks come to the rescue of beleaguered old blokes’ media

The banks have handed some ad revenue to the national newspapers but things still look grim for them on the revenue front.

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Government turns its back on newspaper job ads

The federal government has severed its job advertising relationship with newspapers, moving recruitment ads fully online. It could cost media companies dearly.

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Button to APS: ‘I’ve revealed no government secrets’

James Button has responded to criticism from the Public Service Commissioner, insisting his book on life in the Prime Minister’s Office was “written with ethical considerations in mind”.

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BCA nostalgic for a bureaucratic past it helped to destroy

The Business Council’s proposals for rpublic sector reform are a bizarre throwback to the “Rip Van Winkle” years. Perhaps Jennifer Westacott is annoyed the reform she wants isn’t being taken up.

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APS increasingly stranded on social media

The public service’s response to the emergence of social media is stranded in an analog era. James Button’s new book throws new light on the issue.

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