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

ASIO methods used to assess threat of would-be police officer criticised

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Markus Mannheim, Michael Inman Australian spies illegally coerced a man into speaking with them and failed to inform him of his rights, a tribunal says.

Reviews warn of failure to deal with public servants' underperformance

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Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy must learn to deal effectively with unmotivated and incompetent staff, a series of reviews has found.

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Few know of religious exemption

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Markus Mannheim Most people are unaware religious schools can sack teachers who are gay or who have children outside of marriage, a survey says.

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PS numbers defy the axe

Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy continued to grow earlier this year despite the toughest crackdown on spending in more than a decade and at a time when many agencies were retrenching staff.

Public servant wins legal battle after being injured during sex

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Markus Mannheim A PUBLIC servant who was injured while having sex during a work trip has won compensation after a five-year legal battle.

Honours list papers to stay suppressed

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Emma Macdonald, Markus Mannheim The secret papers that detail how Australia Day honours are allotted will remain suppressed after a court ruled the public had no right to access them.

Protect our data, but don't monitor us online

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Markus Mannheim Australians have a high level of trust in governments to protect their personal information from misuse, a survey has found.

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Claims PS cuts driving 'bullying' culture

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Markus Mannheim Cuts to public service budgets are fuelling bullying within the federal bureaucracy, a union says.

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Public servant loses fight over Twitter attack on government

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Markus Mannheim A court has paved the way for a public servant who criticised the government on Twitter to be sacked, even though she didn't reveal her name or her job to readers.

PS union puts temp work in spotlight

Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy's army of contractors and temporary employees deserve greater rights to ongoing work, the public servants' union says.

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Women's overtime a love affair

Markus Mannheim Of women who work overtime in the public service, only half are paid for it.

Public service survey reveals what female employees want

Markus Mannheim Most female public servants work overtime but only half are paid for the extra work, a new survey suggests.

Banker's victory in landmark court case

Markus Mannheim A bank manager who tried to kill himself rather than face a meeting to discuss his branch's performance has won a three-year court battle that could dramatically affect how workplaces treat their...

Govt loses half a billion to fraud

Markus Mannheim The federal government reported losses of almost half a billion dollars in 2009-10 through fraud, mostly rorts of welfare benefits.

Oz honours stay secret

The Australian Republican Movement wants an all-Australian head of state by the next Olympics.

Markus Mannheim The secrets behind how Australia Day honours are selected will remain a mystery.

Awards selection to remain secret

Markus Mannheim The secrets behind how Australia Day honours are selected will remain a mystery after a tribunal ruled the Governor-General's office was right to suppress them.

Privacy protection boost for online information

Markus Mannheim Australia's privacy watchdog will gain the power to fine businesses if they fail to protect customers' confidential information, under proposed laws to be unveiled this year.

New laws set to protect online privacy

Markus Mannheim Australia's privacy watchdog will gain the power to fine businesses that fail to protect customers' confidential details, under proposed laws to be unveiled this year.