This is part three in a series on government outsourcing. Read Bernard Keane's analysis of outsourcing in offshore detention here and Josh Taylor's analysis of NBN's use of contracts to keep secrets under "commercial-in-confidence" here.

Slashing and burning public sector jobs has cost the government (and the taxpayer) dearly, with a vast amount of institutional knowledge lost and millions spent on consultants to do the work the public service used to be able to do itself.