Before January 1, Centrelink debts expired if the agency ignored them for six years. Now it can pursue them at any time like the Tax Office, but within the agency there is confusion about the implications, writes Stephen Easton, journalist with The Mandarin.
Some Abbott-era reforms left departmental staff in positions where they had to critique their own advice, writes journalist at The Mandarin David Donaldson.
The census night stuff-up came on top of a “failure in communication” in the lead up to the day, former ACCC chair Graeme Samuel tells Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.
The dissolution of AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs has driven scores of senior professionals out of the sector, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.
The days of fearless advice from long-serving public servants to their ministers are long behind us. Tom Burton, publisher of The Mandarin, asks: what is the current state of Australia's public service?