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Markus Mannheim

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

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.

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This budget won't eliminate waste - it will breed it

10 May 2011 NEWS Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by Staff reporters. The 2011-2012 Federal Budget lock up and press conference at Parliament House Canberra. Treasurer Wayne Swan delivers his speech and answers questions. SPECIAL 111

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.

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'Fixing' hospital queues is no cure

The Age: News: 23rd November 2008: Emergency sign at the entrance to Royal Melbourne Hospital.
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Markus Mannheim A scandal is apparently unfolding at The Canberra Hospital, where a senior official allegedly tampered with emergency department waiting-time data.

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The faceless men who are supposedly 'public' servants

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...

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Nation of pessimists will finally enjoy a real petrol panic

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.