The people who run Australia disgraced themselves this year, failing citizens on every level and corroding trust in our whole system of government.
It was supposed to save hundreds of millions, but the merger of Immigration and Customs has produced yet another huge budget blowout.
Satirist Ben Pobjie gets his hands on a confidential memo detailing why the Immigration Department spent an extra $2.2 billion without authorisation on Manus and Nauru.
The department, meanwhile, has blamed “immense” political pressure and a huge workload for the problems, writes Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.
The ANAO has delivered yet another scathing report criticising the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's procurement in offshore detention.
In the wake of the damning Green Loans audit, the ANAO has released its audit of the insulation program, and found many of the same problems.
The ANAO's report on the Green Loans program is as bad as it gets and raises significant questions for the Public Service.
When it came to competence, things didn't improve much in the Howard Government's final term. But while the Public Service was slowly improving its administration, the biggest problems were caused by ministers.