Christopher Pyne's role with a big four consulting firm is less important than the relentless growth of those firms within government. That's what a Senate inquiry should examine.
The big four consulting firms are becoming embedded in Australia's public sector, and that's a serious threat to good governance. The Greens propose to make a start in reining them in, but more is required.
Does poor management of outsourcing by governments breed laziness and incompetence in major companies? The collapse of a major UK company poses serious questions for a key tenet of neoliberalism.
Australia Post says it can't possibly respond to Freedom of Information requests anymore, it's all too hard. The Information Commissioner politely disagrees.
The government has delivered on its promise to sack tens of thousands of public servants. Trouble is, now it has to pay through the nose to get consultants to do their jobs.
The extension of competition policy to human services advocated by the Harper review isn't just about outsourcing or lowest-cost tendering.
Outsourcing enables governments to evade scrutiny for even the most alarming examples of maladministration -- but accountability could easily and legally be restored.
The AMA and AMPCo spent the weekend trying to convince the medical community that outsourcing production of the Medical Journal of Australia isn't such a bad thing.
The outsourcing of services to private companies is growing remorselessly, because it offers both fiscal and political benefits.
Outsourced subediting company Pagemasters walked away from a deal with an Asian consortium. It's now looking for other Australian suitors -- Pagemasters might come off second-best in the competition.