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Tips and rumours

Stasi to police APS? … whispers of change in WA politics … Miranda Devine in Abbott fat jibe …

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Why it’s not all bad being a public servant in austerity Australia

Despite looming job cuts, the public servants attending this week’s Institute of Public Administration Australia conference were upbeat about the future, and about prospects for sweeping reform, writes Stephen Bartos.

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SA’s proud history of ignorance

Crikey readers talk art censorship, public servants and the lack of science minister.

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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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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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Off with their heads! Which civil servants will lose their posts?

Tony Abbott is unlikely to take an axe to the public service, as John Howard did when he became PM. There are just two senior civil servants who should be nervous, writes governance expert Stephen Bartos.

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Tips and rumours

Election party goes off at PM&C … ‘fucking idiots’ mastermind in trouble … ‘Tony Abbott is a tool’? …

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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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How does the treasurer draw up the budget? A Crikey guide

Lobby groups hoping for a last-minute push for their pet projects in next week’s budget are out of luck — it’s been mostly done for months. Governance expert Stephen Bartos explains the painstaking process.

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‘Big society’: Abbott takes his lead from the Brits

Dr James Whelanof the Centre for Policy Development asked interviewees from his recent report Big Society and Australia to provide comment on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s recent “landmark” speech …

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The public sector jobs black hole

I did not need today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics figures to know that there is a declining number of jobs going in the federal public service.

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The era of Books Without Borders

Crikey readers have their say.

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Crikey Blogs | JOURNALISM|

The differences between public servants and journalists

The controversy over the outing of the blogger Grog’s Gamut has now passed out of the hands of newspapers and the blogosphere and on to the desk of senior public servants, who have some interesting questions to wrestle with, writes Margaret Simons.

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Business Spectator | COMPANIES|

Gottliebsen: Giving the public service a serve

It’s time for a serious shake up of the Canberra public service. Good policies are being destroyed by incompetent management unable to deal with new or large plans, says Robert Gottliebsen.

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Milne: Leave Ken Henry alone!

Public servant, private citizen”? Not anymore. The Coalition has made the national economic debate all about Treasury Secretary Ken Henry, says Glenn Milne.

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The Age | FEDERAL|

A peek inside the PM’s office

Katharine Murphy spends 24 hours inside the Rudd batcave, meeting the notoriously industrious — and overwhelmingly young and male — spinners and staffers who keep the country running.

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Podger’s public service: the threat to good policy

Former Health Department Secretary Andrew Podger’s new book offers an intriguing insider’s perspective of how the Australian public service has both improved and regressed in recent decades.

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Public servants serve the public interest, period

Public servants have a direct responsibility to act in the public interest in all aspects of their work, writes former public service commissioner Andrew Podger.

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Should our public servants serve the public interest?

What is the role of our public servants? Should bureaucrats serve the public interest, or is that a task that should be left to those who have to answer to the public?

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Preferential treatment for pollies’ mates? Happens every day

I’ll let the non-public servants amongst you into a dirty secret. Government backbenchers and mates of the Government get preferential treatment from bureaucrats, at the request of Ministers.

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Godwin Grech: the loneliest man in the world

Grech, a man of almost Dickensian visage and name, chose absolute honesty in talking about the Utegate affair, an approach that, unless you’re very confident in your own evasive skills, is probably wisest.

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Utegate unravelling fast

Events are moving rapidly in Canberra. Godwin Grech’s residence has been raided by the AFP, with reports that a “concocted” email has been found.

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Tips and rumours

Alan Stockdale and David Kemp are running around like headless chooks trying to find a candidate to replace Peter Costello. The scenario that has them scared is that the ALP will preselect a “favourite son” of Higgins like Tim Costello or even Hugh Evans, and the Liberals will lose a large chunk of their base […]

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Time for ALP to act on Indigenous jobs promise

Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory have been given an undertaking by the federal ALP to commute the death sentence hanging over the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Program. So where’s the action? asks Graham Ring.

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MacCormack: Public servants have hands out for Kevin

Kevin Rudd’s pledge to cut “bloating” within the federal bureaucracy will delight public servants. Razor gangs inflict cuts, and cuts mean redundancies, and for long-time public servants, redundancies are highly rewarding, writes David MacCormack.

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