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Markus Mannheim edits The Public Sector Informant and writes regularly about government administration and policy.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
Markus Mannheim The newspaper industry has many quirks that amuse me. One is that papers try to avoid naming their rivals.
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.
Markus Mannheim In truth, we've had a tough budget coming for a while. Canberrans lapped up the many perks that sprang from a decade of public service growth, much of it far more rapid than was sensible.
Markus Mannheim A scandal is apparently unfolding at The Canberra Hospital, where a senior official allegedly tampered with emergency department waiting-time data.
Markus Mannheim Our dapper Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, receives free suits from a Sydney tailor, Max Liondos. He also gets lycra bodysuits from Cycling Australia and is paid a trickle of book royalties by...
Markus Mannheim Mankind's compulsion to whinge, and to believe the grass is greener elsewhere, is wonderful for journalists. It's the endless spring from which so many stories flow.