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Did George Brandis breach the Public Service Code of Conduct?

Did George Brandis breach the Public Service Code of Conduct?

George Brandis's public begging to keep his job degrades the diplomatic corps and embarrasses Australia — but did it breach the code of conduct public servants must adhere to?

Is Treasury more politicised than ever? Don’t ask Mathias Cormann.

Is Treasury more politicised than ever? Don’t ask Mathias Cormann.

Labor went-in on supposed Treasury politicisation during Senate estimates last week. It didn't go as well as planned.

Who evaluates the evaluators?

Who evaluates the evaluators?

Labor wants to restore evaluation as a key part of the policy process in Canberra. They'll need to convince their own ministers to agree first.

John Lloyd and the grubby hypocrisy of the Turnbull government

John Lloyd and the grubby hypocrisy of the Turnbull government

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.

Turnbull has an opportunity to address the real reasons social welfare falls short

Turnbull has an opportunity to address the real reasons social welfare falls short

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.

Does anyone in the Australian public service get held to account?

Does anyone in the Australian public service get held to account?

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.

Vanishing public servants and Schroedinger’s emails at estimates

Vanishing public servants and Schroedinger’s emails at estimates

Missing public servants and emails in a quantum state of flux dominated the first day of estimates.

Ex-government furniture yields bureaucratic gold for lucky journalists

Ex-government furniture yields bureaucratic gold for lucky journalists

Canberra's ex-government furniture market usually only provides pre-loved desks and chairs. For the ABC, it yielded a lot more.

Public servants ignoring the public interest in freedom of information

Public servants ignoring the public interest in freedom of information

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.

When he’s not fighting homophobes, he’s fighting recalcitrant bureaucrats

When he’s not fighting homophobes, he’s fighting recalcitrant bureaucrats

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.