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Should public servants ever express their personal or political views in public?

In today's proposition, Crikey asks what public servants should be allowed to say in public.

Secretary of Social Services Kathryn Campbell (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

What public servants knew — and when they knew it — needs robodebt inquiry

Why did the government undertake robodebt when there were major questions about its legality? Regardless of Friday's backflip, an inquiry is needed to establish the origin of the debacle.

Will Morrison fix anything by rearranging the deckchairs in Canberra?

Crikey readers question the wisdom of Scott Morrison's public service shakeup, and ask what — if anything — the government hopes to achieve.

Department of Home Affairs Secretary Mike Pezzullo (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Is discontent within Home Affairs set to boil over?

The Senate has heard new complaints that reveal a long list of grievances about senior leaders within Home Affairs.

Department of Social Services tried to hide data breach from affected employees

Emails exclusively obtained by Crikey via FOI have revealed that the Department of Social Services initially decided to hide last year's data breach from affected employees.

Say what you mean

Advice for public servants? We've got some.

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

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

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 […]

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

So you wanna be a ministerial staffer …

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

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

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

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