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Markus Mannheim

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.

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.

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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US First Lady Michelle Obama

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

Finance Minister Penny Wong

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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Agencies wary of paid-out PS staff

Public Service Commission Stephen Sedgwick (supplied).

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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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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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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.

Claims PS cuts driving 'bullying' culture

Nadine Flood

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

Michaela Banerji

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.

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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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.

Doubt on scholarships

Markus Mannheim THE Australian government spends millions of overseas aid dollars on scholarships, some of which have been handed to foreign politicians' children while others have funded courses in design and...

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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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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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...