The federal bureaucracy is about to crack down on public servants who are paid vastly more, or less, than their work warrants.
Markus Mannheim edits The Public Sector Informant and writes regularly about government administration and policy.
The Senate might save the federal government's information watchdog at the 11th hour but many of its Canberra staff have already left.
The federal government's austerity drive claimed the jobs of almost one in 11 of its staff in Canberra last financial year.
When Canberrans were asked in 1978 if they wanted to govern themselves, a resounding majority said "no".
Privacy Commissioner report concludes the Department broke the law exposing private details of 'vulnerable' people, but imposes no penalties.
Government agencies believe they are getting better at handling public complaints, but they are failing to fix what actually causes problems.
The government has given at least two agencies the green light to offer staff nothing.
The purge of federal public service jobs will spare most immigration and customs staff as they prepare to form the new Australian Border Force.
Investigators continued a forensic search of the scene of an alleged murder at the weekend, after the victim's daughter confessed to the killing in court.
The typical ACT patient waits about seven weeks for an elective operation.