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Topic archives: public service

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May 11, 2016 1

Advice for public servants? We've got some.

Fat, inbred, InDaily readers only a mother could love: SA pollie on public servants

April 15, 2016 8

Inbred, fat, abnormal and InDaily readers: that's the extraordinary connection made by a South Australian Liberal MP in his latest spray at the political class in this state, writes InDaily editor David Washington.

Tips and rumours: public sector data should be open unless it makes the govt look bad

December 7, 2015

Never say public servants can’t achieve new heights in risk aversion. Yesterday the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet released a paper on “public service data management”, meant to “deliver a roadmap to unlock the potential of public sector data to drive innovation, efficiency, productivity and economic growth”. Sounds great, right? Even though it was commissioned […]

So you wanna be a ministerial staffer …

So you wanna be a ministerial staffer …

May 1, 2015 2

Former federal Labor staffer Aaron Hill peeks behind the bureaucratic curtain to reveal just what ministerial staff actually do all day.

The Victorian government’s major failure (it has nothing to do with porn)

The Victorian government’s major failure (it has nothing to do with porn)

October 16, 2014 2

The Victorian bureaucracy lacks accountability, fails to communicate and consistently ignores recommendations to improve. And it gets away with it because nobody is listening.

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

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

May 2, 2014 7

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.

Calculating compliance: how ASIC ‘enforced’ financial advice laws

Calculating compliance: how ASIC ‘enforced’ financial advice laws

April 15, 2014 2

ASIC has failed to respond to serious allegations about its enforcement of the law on financial planning. Crikey examines the damning evidence against the corporate watchdog.

Our public service is already efficient — and for a much lower cost

Our public service is already efficient — and for a much lower cost

November 11, 2013 12

Tony Abbott has launched an efficiency drive across the public service. But on a global scale our system is already very efficient, writes Centre for Policy Development research director Christopher Stone.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

November 1, 2013 1

Remember when MPs actually asked meaningful questions during question time? Alas, those days are over, but in the UK at least one retiring Lib-Dem has stuck his neck out. Plus other political snippets along the way.

You better be careful blowing the whistle — new laws have holes

You better be careful blowing the whistle — new laws have holes

July 30, 2013 12

New legislation makes it safer for good citizens to blow the whistle on corruption. But there are plenty of traps for inexperienced players, writes former whistleblower Brendan Jones.