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

Ex-museum head says a combined pay deal will save cultural institutions from budget cuts

Markus Mannheim, Sally Pryor A former head of one of Canberra's cultural institutions has a simple idea to spare them from the government's razor gang.

Canberra cops brunt of sports cuts as government favours elite athletes over amateurs

Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth.

Markus Mannheim, David Barbeler, Ben Westcott and Lucy Carroll The federal government's cuts to sports spending will be felt almost entirely in Canberra, even though the Australian Institute of Sport was spared from a severe pruning.

Abbott government's budget guts freedom of information watchdog as it switches focus to privacy

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Markus Mannheim Australia's information watchdog will be gutted over the next six months, as the government switches its policy emphasis from openness to privacy.

Government's public sector redundancy budget is missing millions

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Markus Mannheim The federal budget appears to have a gaping hole: it has failed to set aside enough funds for what is likely to be a record public sector redundancy bill.

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Senior public servants to escape Prime Minister's pay freeze

The head of the Prime Minister's Department, Ian Watt (right), will be one of the minority of public servants to suffer a pay freeze.

Markus Mannheim The top officers affected by the proposal recently received their largest-ever pay rise.

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Commission of Audit reveals public service's most underworked supervisors

Markus Mannheim Only one in eight supervisors employed in the public service are busy enough, the National Commission of Audit suggests.

Union takes issue with public service social media 'dob in' policy

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Noel Towell, Sarah Whyte and Markus Mannheim The federal government does not own the bodies, souls or speech of its public servants, Human Rights Commission head says.

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Public service's leaked guide to dobbing on colleagues is now 'secret'

(FILES) A view of and Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page May 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. More than half of US Facebook members have taken breaks from the leading social network, with the top reason being they are just too busy, according to a study released February 5, 2013. About 61 percent of US users said they had taken time off from Facebook at some point, with 27 percent planning to spend less time on it in the coming year, the Pew Research Center said. The largest group -- 21 percent -- said they had taken a break because they were too busy. Other reasons included being

Markus Mannheim Prime Minister Tony Abbott's department has taken the bizarre step of declaring that its advice on how staff should use Facebook and Twitter is a secret, even though it has been reported across the...

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The murky ethics of job applications and selection criteria

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Markus Mannheim Is it ethical, or even lawful, for a public servant to pay someone else to write a job application?

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Eric Abetz on public service performance bonuses, wages ... and widgets

Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Eric Abetz, during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 12 February 2014.
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Markus Mannheim The Public Service Minister tells the Informant about his approach to the bureaucracy's upcoming wage negotiations.

Public Trustee for the ACT rocked by alleged fraud scandal

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Markus Mannheim A massive alleged embezzlement scandal has been uncovered at a small government agency that looks after the funds of the most vulnerable Canberrans.

Are public service job losses really the price of a pay rise?

Markus Mannheim It's impossible to assess the government's wage modelling without seeing it in full, but there are a few obvious flaws.

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'Middle managers' under threat as public service jobs cull continues

Markus Mannheim The government's razor gangs have middle managers firmly in sight as the public service continues to shed jobs.

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Public servants no longer able to snoop on job rivals

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Markus Mannheim Bureaucrats can no longer read the job applications of rivals who beat them to a promotion, the information watchdog has ruled.

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CSIRO staff fear they will be squashed into tiny, noisy workspaces

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Markus Mannheim Canberra scientists fear they will soon be squashed into tiny, noisy workspaces that make it too hard for them to do their research.

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The inevitable descent into government gobbledygook

Markus Mannheim Public service recruits quickly discover that the TLA, or three-letter-acronym, conquers all in Canberra.

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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.

ASIO 'unlawfully' coerced man into interview

Justice Duncan Kerr has chastised ASIO and the Immigration department for their treatment of a Muslim immigrant deemed a security risk.

Markus Mannheim and Michael Inman Australian spies illegally coerced a man into speaking with them and failed to inform him of his rights, a tribunal says.

Austerity drive hits some public service agencies harder than others

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Markus Mannheim Staff in the departments of communications, social services and industry were more likely to lose their jobs in recent months.

Blind, pregnant, injured women told their jobs may go

Amanda Heal is legally blind and works as a legislative drafter for the government.

Markus Mannheim Government agency tells three women - one blind, one pregnant and one who was injured at work - they are likely to lose their jobs.

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