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Relax, public servants, CoA cuts not as bad as you think

The Commission of Audit has suggested slashing 15,000 jobs from the public service and making mandarins more efficient. But the recommendations are reasonable, and not as dramatic as they seem, writes governance expert Stephen Bartos.

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Calculating compliance: how ASIC ‘enforced’ financial advice laws

ASIC has failed to respond to serious allegations about its enforcement of the law on financial planning. Crikey examines the damning evidence against the corporate watchdog.

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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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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Remember when MPs actually asked meaningful questions during question time? Alas, those days are over, but in the UK at least one retiring Lib-Dem has stuck his neck out. Plus other political snippets along the way.

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You better be careful blowing the whistle — new laws have holes

New legislation makes it safer for good citizens to blow the whistle on corruption. But there are plenty of traps for inexperienced players, writes former whistleblower Brendan Jones.

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Tips and rumours

Democrats back on the scene … Sex Party trumps One Nation … senior public servants over-loaded …

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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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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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Crikey Calling #8: Abbott’s Top End tax plan and Labor’s NSW woes

On Crikey Calling, Jason Whittaker and Bernard Keane finally get to talk some new Coalition policy. Plus, all the latest for an embattled Labor as the Eddie Obeid and Craig Thomson scandals drag on.

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Back off, public servants aren’t lazy

Crikey readers have their say.

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‘Not just a whole lot of nice gigs’: life in arts bureaucracy

What does an arts funding agency look like from the inside? Crikey chats with former deputy director-general of Arts Queensland Leigh Tabrett to find out.

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Crikey Calling #3: interest rates fall, political debate plummets

In this week’s Crikey Calling, Jason Whittaker and Bernard Keane discuss the political debate over interest rates and what it means for the economy, as well as the latest state of the public service report.

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The national capital gives and state capitals take away

When governments are forced into budget cost cutting it is at the state level that sackings mainly occur.

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Is Scientology powerful?

Crikey readers have their say.

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National environmental approvals and the public service

Crikey readers have their say.

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Public service cuts not a curse — if handled right

In May this year the Commonwealth cut public service staff numbers for the first time in 15 years. Most states except WA are also cutting back. As Crikey¬†pointed out in its state-by-state investigation into the cuts on Tuesday, this makes it a tough time to be a public servant. In some states, as with the […]

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Crunching data on public service job numbers

Crikey readers have their say.

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Cutting the fat

Crikey readers have their say.

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‘A tough time to be a public servant’: the 38k forgotten jobless

A Crikey analysis finds 38,000 jobs have been culled from the public service over the past few years — and a further 24,000 positions may follow. But how much fat was there to cut?

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The public service and spin

Crikey readers have their say.

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Customers snore on hold as federal cardigans rebel over Wong’s cuts

As Budget speculation reaches fever pitch over a looming Max Moore-Wilton-style disembowelment of the federal public service at the hands of Wayne Swan’s surplus fetish, a survey from the major union representing Canberra cardigans has revealed a tranche of serious workplace issues plaguing the APS.

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Parliament staffers down ties and stick it to Ted on pay

The lot of a Parliamentary staff member can be a tough one — opening doors for insufferable MPs, hanging around until the wee hours while the state’s finest minds debate some arcane piece of legislation and distracting nosy members of the media keen to get their mitts on embargoed Ombudsman’s reports.

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Can-Do’s public service cuts: 7 departmental beheadings and counting

New Queensland premier Campbell Newman’s new appointments to the top of the state bureaucracy are an unwelcome politicisation of key public service roles.

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Gruen: scripted questions are nothing new in Canberra

Is it any wonder that people sometimes make what they end up conceding are “errors of judgment” in an environment such as this, asks Nicholas Gruen?

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The govt department with a census of humour

Statistics aren’t known for being sexy. Or funny. So how was the 2011 Census Twitter account allowed to be so cheeky? Meet David McHugh, the man behind the account.

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