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How to improve indigenous kids' lives

How to improve indigenous kids' lives

Data. We've got to pay attention to the data, writes Stephen Bartos, CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth.

It's time to grit our teeth and face fiscal reality

It's time to grit our teeth and face fiscal reality

This government blames all of its unpopular budget cuts on the spending of the previous government, and no doubt the next government will do the same. But Stephen Bartos, ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert, says the real problem is that time is not on our side.

Lawyers at 20 paces as Victoria's crisis turns constitutional

Lawyers at 20 paces as Victoria's crisis turns constitutional

Labor will today try to expel controversial MP Geoff Shaw. It is acting upon legal advice, but it is likely the move will result in a legal challenge. ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos explains the looming battle.

Crikey Clarifier: can the Senate really slay the budget?

Crikey Clarifier: can the Senate really slay the budget?

Labor and Greens MPs declare they'll block the federal budget in the Senate. Can they follow through? ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos walks through the process.

Relax, public servants, CoA cuts not as bad as you think

Relax, public servants, CoA cuts not as bad as you think

The Commission of Audit has suggested slashing 15,000 jobs from the public service and making mandarins more efficient. But the recommendations are reasonable, and not as dramatic as they seem, writes governance expert Stephen Bartos.

Liberals, lobbyists and finding the fine line between them

Liberals, lobbyists and finding the fine line between them

Political lobbying is an incestuous reality. But where does it cross the line into corruption? Governance expert and ACIL Allen executive director Stephen Bartos explores.

Cabinet confidential: the dangerous precedent in Abbott's batts probe

Cabinet confidential: the dangerous precedent in Abbott's batts probe

There's good reason why cabinet documents are kept under wraps. Releasing them to a royal commission is a dangerous precedent, writes governance expert and ACIL Allen executive director Stephen Bartos.

Let them take taxis: what else the Audit Commission can flog off

Let them take taxis: what else the Audit Commission can flog off

ACIL Allen Consulting public policy and governance expert Stephen Bartos has some suggestions on what else the federal government should cut (well-fed diplomats in cushy overseas housing, watch out).

Why it's not all bad being a public servant in austerity Australia

Why it's not all bad being a public servant in austerity Australia

Despite looming job cuts, the public servants attending this week's Institute of Public Administration Australia conference were upbeat about the future, and about prospects for sweeping reform, writes Stephen Bartos.

The Palmer precedent -- but his senators are not bound by it

The Palmer precedent -- but his senators are not bound by it

Clive Palmer has chosen to not vote on matters that could be perceived as being in his interest. But ACIL Allen governance expert Stephen Bartos points out it is not the man himself who matters,but his senators, who hold the real power.