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Markus Mannheim

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

ACT government accused of housing smuggler

Markus Mannheim, Hamish Boland-Rudder A Canberra shopping complex has denied any knowledge of an alleged people smuggler who was shown collecting trolleys at the centre, as the ACT government begins an investigation into claims it is...

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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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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Agencies wary of paid-out PS staff

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Markus Mannheim Government agencies are loath to hire retrenched public servants as they regard them as duds rejected by their previous workplaces.

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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.

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.

Bashed: new push for PS to go bush

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Markus Mannheim The federal government should shift parts of its bureaucracy to country towns to ensure the towns survive economically, a top research firm says.

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Trade war up in the cloud

Markus Mannheim A trade stoush looms over the federal bureaucracy's lucrative data-storage market, sparked by concerns the United States might snoop on confidential Australian information.

Flying blind into the great unknown

Markus Mannheim Can the United States force the Australian government to grant American firms the right to host its confidential records?

Get public servants out of Canberra: Rinehart

Gina Rinehart.

Markus Mannheim Australia's wealthiest person wants to shift federal bureaucrats out of Canberra and base them in the bush and the country's north.

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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.

Mmm ... bacon, but cancer risk still looms

Markus Mannheim Homer Simpson once described bacon as one of his ''favourite animals''.

Rising cost of government information

Markus Mannheim The federal government is likely to increase the price of accessing its documents after the bureaucracy complained that the public was inundating it with requests.

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Cost of FoI access looks likely to rise

Markus Mannheim The federal government is likely to increase the price of accessing its documents after the bureaucracy complained that the public was inundating it with requests.

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Job agency blows whistle on dubious referees process

Markus Mannheim About two in five job references are worthless because the referee is the applicant's friend, a recruitment firm says.

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Yes please minister: Labor spends billions on advice

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Edmund Tadros, Markus Mannheim The federal government has spent half a billion dollars a year on consultants since Labor won office 4½ years ago, an analysis of its contracts shows.

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Bureaucracy can't drop advisers

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Edmund Tadros and Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy cannot slash its spending on consultants in the short term even if it wants to, a governance expert believes.

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