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Markus Mannheim

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

Manus Island detainees in sex video, PNG MP claims

Markus Mannheim A PNG politician says asylum seekers detained on Manus Island have appeared in a pornographic film with local girls.

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.

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.

Immigration review exposes risk of failure

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Markus Mannheim THE crisis-ridden Immigration Department is poorly managed, its workers mistrust each other and its executives' financial illiteracy poses serious risks, an independent review has warned.

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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Program clash confuses Canberra

Markus Mannheim Federal bureaucrats are so keen to demonstrate their willingness to serve the Abbott government they are changing the way they spell.

Father's frank records disclosed

Markus Mannheim A woman who asked for copies of her father's military records was given a bundle of papers showing he had a sexually transmitted disease and a history of misconduct.

Defence personnel's personal secrets revealed in archive files

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Markus Mannheim A woman who asked for copies of her father's military records was given a bundle of papers showing he had a sexually transmitted disease and a history of misconduct.

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Officials to turn a new leaf as paper-pushing bill hits $220m

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Markus Mannheim THE days of paper-pushing bureaucrats may be coming to an end because the government can no longer afford to put it off.

Govt wages war on paper

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Markus Mannheim The pipedream of the paperless office will be within reach in three years – because taxpayers can no longer afford to put it off.

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Markus Mannheim Could Michelle Obama save bureaucrats from the national sport of public service-bashing?

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Wong to cut $550m but vows to leave jobs untouched

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Peter Martin, Markus Mannheim EXPERTS have expressed deep scepticism about the pledge by the Finance Minister, Penny Wong, yesterday to take an extra half a billion dollars from the public service without touching jobs.

PS wings clipped in war on costs

Minister for the Public Service and Integrity Gary Gray and Finance Minister Senator Penny Wong speak to the media during a doorstop interview at the Australian Institute of Company Directors Public Sector Governance Forum in Canberra on Tuesday 25 September 2012.
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Ross Peake, Markus Mannheim Most federal bureaucrats will no longer fly business class on the eastern seaboard - if they travel to meetings at all - under further belt-tightening for the public service unveiled by the federal...

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Extra public service recruits in Swan's revision

Treasurer Wayne Swan during a press conference at Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday 2 October 2012.

Markus Mannheim The federal government has offered the bureaucracy a slight reprieve from its austerity drive, funding an extra 1300 full-time jobs this financial year.

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Sleeping giant: worker fatigue 'epidemic'

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Markus Mannheim Australian workers, especially parents, are suffering from an ''unrecognised epidemic'' of tiredness, a new study suggests.

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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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Exiting PS staff to leave giant bill

Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy's economy drive is expected to create a massive redundancies bill this financial year, as workplaces are forced to farewell staff to cut their wage budgets.

Opposition sees $50m in outsourcing slash

Markus Mannheim, Edmund Tadros The federal opposition believes it can save taxpayers at least $50 million a year by reining in the bureaucracy's use of consultants.

Ministers ignored grants guidelines

Markus Mannheim Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese approved $28 million in grants against his department's advice, and another $3 million worth of roads projects in his own electorate, in breach of government...

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