Interesting times at the Dept of Health and Ageing. With Jane Halton confirmed as Secretary for another five years — she’s obviously feeling secure enough to push the public service envelope. Having given one Deputy Secretary a nudge, she’s turned her attention to the lower Assistant Secretary ranks. There’s a current recruitment round for several positions at that level, headed by some very senior and experienced officers and an independent search firm — but Halton won’t accept their recommendations. She’s sent the selection report back twice to the panel now demanding that they reconsider.

Re. Commonwealth Bank’s netbank being down (Friday, Tips and rumours). I had tried for an hour or so to log on using Internet Explorer. Out of desperation (hell hath no fury like employees paid late) I logged onto Firefox … with total success. Any IT folks able to explain that?

The Mercury in Hobart is offloading staff because the advertising revenue is down to buggery, and why wouldn’t it be if they constantly headline doom and gloom and job losses!

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General knowledge question: Which of these women represented the Queen at the national day of mourning for the Victorian bushfire victims?

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