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Markus Mannheim

Markus Mannheim edits The Public Sector Informant and writes regularly about government administration and policy.

Not even broadband speeds up government

Markus Mannheim We all know the wheels of government turn slowly. What's surprising is just how slowly - even when they're supposedly travelling at the speed of broadband internet.

Turn on the tap to fix the leak

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Markus Mannheim A report appeared in the press this week that seemed, to some, to have been ''leaked'' via the federal Treasury.

A good ref can't sit in the stands

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Markus Mannheim A good manager will be acutely aware of the physical office that confines them, keeping them distant from the staff they need to know.

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Rewards for duds or good planning?

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Markus Mannheim The Canberra Times reported this week that some government agencies are loath to hire retrenched public servants because "they regard them as duds whom their previous workplaces rejected".

We are blind to our fortune

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Markus Mannheim Canberrans probably believe the cost of living is outpacing their ability to keep up. But, over the 11 years Labor has governed this city, we've become much wealthier.

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Let our govt staff wander

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Markus Mannheim Why not share staff; let public servants roam to where they’re needed? If we ended the extraodinary waste that comes from more than 100 APS agencies acting with little cohesion, we’d barely notice...

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The value of our names

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Markus Mannheim On Friday, the ACT government will enter the election caretaker period. And in the five weeks that follow, hundreds of Canberrans - indeed, probably thousands - will break the law.

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Dole is not a dirty word

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Markus Mannheim We must never forget how lucky we are in this country. We make mistakes and our society is forgiving enough to allow us to learn from them. Yet we are yielding what once made this nation special.

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Silence of the doom mongers

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Markus Mannheim It's little wonder filmmakers ignore the only likely apocalypse of our time; we've made it clear we don't want to know about it. Nor would these movies make for riveting viewing, anyway.

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Your vote actually matters

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Markus Mannheim About two in three Canberrans rejected the idea of self-government in the 1978 referendum. I suspect, against my better hopes, that, if we were formally asked today, most of us would again shy away...

Even phantom bullies can hurt

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Markus Mannheim The reasons people bully others, or feel that they are bullied, are as complex as people themselves. I doubt there are any universally effective ways to stop workplace harassment.

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Public service pensioners should count their blessings

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Markus Mannheim Commonwealth and military superannuants already receive pensions most other Australians can only dream of. Yet they demand continual improvements to their quality of life.

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How will we ration life?

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Markus Mannheim Our governments don’t like to discuss how they intend to ration healthcare, because they know how divisive the issue can be. Yet rationing takes place in most hospitals every day.

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Longing for a little disorder

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Markus Mannheim It's easy to fall into the nostalgia trap; pining for a way that we were never were. Yet today's parents are clearly far more risk-averse than the generation that raised them.

What do we have to hide?

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Markus Mannheim Americans proudly (some would say blindly) resist the ''intrusion'' of government in everyday life. They may take this distrust a little too far, but it's created a comparatively open government and...

If Finance loosens reins, public service spend-up could stop

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Markus Mannheim It's a curious paradox: the tighter the government squeezes its belt, the more tempted is the bureaucracy to blow money as quickly as possible.

Spies' secrets in honest budget

5 March 2012, Journalist: Bianca Hall. Canberra Times Photography by KATHERINE GRIFFITHS, Photograph of the ASIO Building,

Markus Mannheim Government ministers and their flacks do much these days to ''control the public narrative''. They set the daily news agenda, sieve the information that enters the public domain, and, more than...

Escape from the office time sink

Markus Mannheim Hours - and specifically timesheets - aren't a great way to measure journalism. Nor are they much use in assessing the output of most other white-collar jobs.

Climate 'sceptic' secretly believes

Photo illustration shows some of the newspaper mastheads published by News Limited, the Australian arm of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire July 12, 2011. News Limited has vowed to investigate all editorial payments to contributors and third parties over the last three years, according to a letter from News Limited CEO, John Hartigan, that was published by one of the company's online news sites Wednesday. The announcement was made as the News International telephone hacking scandal in the UK continued to unfold. Picture taken July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne   (AUSTRALIA - Tags: MEDIA CRIME LAW)

Markus Mannheim The newspaper industry has many quirks that amuse me. One is that papers try to avoid naming their rivals.

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Racists wearing green clothes

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Markus Mannheim Most people crave feedback about their work, and journalists are no different. We want readers to tell us if our news reports are wrong or if they lack context.