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Markus Mannheim

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

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.

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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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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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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Legal victory grants refugee birthday wish

Markus Mannheim A Sudanese woman has won a lengthy battle to change her official birth date after the Immigration Department insisted she was, in fact, a young girl.

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.

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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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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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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Public service to cut 1500 jobs within months

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Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy will shed almost 1500 staff in coming months, most based in Canberra, as it struggles to cope with pending budget cuts.

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Pursuit of surplus on with 1500 bureaucrats to go


Markus Mannheim THE federal bureaucracy is poised to shed more than 1500 staff in coming months, most from Canberra, as it struggles to cope with spending cuts.

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


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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No 'golden handshake' for departing public servants

Markus Mannheim The federal government's economy drive may achieve most of its aims within six weeks, by which time many public service jobs will already be gone.

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Bureaucracy hits peak before cuts

Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy grew to its largest-ever size at the beginning of this year, despite signs that a harsh budget was looming.

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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.