Politics

Mar 8, 2017

Beyond the Paleo: public servants need to learn their limits

Recent efforts from the APS has former government business editor and senior columnist for The Australian Financial Review Verona Burgess questioning whether the public service is fit for purpose.

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”

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5 thoughts on “Beyond the Paleo: public servants need to learn their limits

  1. Dog's Breakfast

    “For the proper functioning of government, the trusty rule of thumb is that ministers take the limelight; public servants work quietly behind the scenes”

    So true, a much under-rated quality, scarcer these days than ever, I would imagine.

  2. AR

    Perhaps as light relief prospective PS employees ought to read CP Snow’s “Corridors of Power” to see how it was once done, to the common weal.

  3. The Curmudgeon

    But, a drop in the number of doctorates in the ten year period mentioned. Anti-elitism?

  4. Tesenka Mai

    Great working conditions? Most APS haven’t had a pay rise in 3 years since Abbott change the bargaining rules.
    Compared to industry the rates are lower for technical staff like engineers

  5. susan winstanley

    absolutely right on all fronts Verona …
    and many journalists who waste their time and ours headlining the schoolboy ballyhoo of Question Time should educate themselves about how politics really works by sitting through parliamentary committee hearings, waiting for the slowly extracted and often highly newsworthy facts to emerge, not rushing off with instant copy on the drama and outrage… mostly misdirection from grubby politicians doing their best to offload blame for poor policy settings and underfunding on highly skilled and self-effacing public servants…

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