The Department of Finance’s  “Paleo” graduate recruitment video is hardly the first time the public service has tried to lure staff to Canberra.

Who can forget the immortal, “Hi! Come and join us in Canberra -- a week in the life of three young girls in Canberra -- a typist, a stenographer and a secretary”

“Come and live the good life in Canberra now,” it exhorted. “The work is really a lot more interesting than I thought it would be … There are no long journeys to and from work … Our evenings are free and the shops are open on Friday night as well as Saturday morning.”