Introducing the third of our Crikey Conversations — an occasional series of extended video interviews on a range of relevant and timely topics.

Andrew Podger is one of the most respected leaders in public administration in Australia.

In this Crikey Conversation, he chats to Crikey political correspondent Bernard Keane about trends in public administration under the Rudd Government, accountability and transparency in the public sector, finding the right balance in maintaining a neutral but responsive bureaucracy, the challenges of the economic crisis and the future of the Australian Public Service.

Watch it here.