For the Turnbull government, its mates get to break the rules with impunity, but any critic or opponent who can be vindictively pursued will be.
The government's upcoming review of the public service is a welcome opportunity to fix persistent problems with the delivery of social services, something ministers are unwilling to do themselves.
Bungles are becoming increasingly commonplace in the public service but no one ever seems to be held to account for them, reflecting how poorly bureaucrats manage underperformance.
Missing public servants and emails in a quantum state of flux dominated the first day of estimates.
Canberra's ex-government furniture market usually only provides pre-loved desks and chairs. For the ABC, it yielded a lot more.
Bureaucratic efforts to undermine Freedom of Information laws by insisting it prevents "frank and fearless advice" hurts democracy and further estranges the governing class from he electorate.
Sick of hearing the same complaints about the Public Service over and over, one parliamentary committee is going after departments to crack down on bureaucrats who keep making the same mistakes.
Influential former public servant Terry Moran says Australians want a more robust public service.
It was supposed to save hundreds of millions, but the merger of Immigration and Customs has produced yet another huge budget blowout.