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Markus Mannheim

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

Christopher Pyne blames unions as public servants' pay stagnates

Christopher Pyne says unions should get out of the way of 'sensible' staff pay rises.

Markus Mannheim The median base salary for APS staff barely budged last year. And the government is pointing the finger.

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Queen's Birthday honours: Finance Department's Jane Halton leads way for women

Queens birthday Order of Australia award
Jane Halton
The Canberra Times
Date: 04 June 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Markus Mannheim The 55-year-old mother of two is 'extremely conscious' she is a role model, and accepts that with pride.

Department of Human Services wage deal: the missing millions

Liberal senator Linda Reynolds used an estimates hearing to highlight wage increases DHS public servants had forgone.

Noel Towell, Markus Mannheim Rank-and-file public servants at the government's largest department set to lose more than $1200 each from the delay on a new wage deal.

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Government denies starving FOI watchdog of funds even though he works from home

Transparency secrecy generic

Markus Mannheim Former Supreme Court judges say inadequate funding makes government 'less transparent and accountable'.

Public servants' new salary 'safety net' leaves a long way to fall

What a difference a fortnight makes. Social Services Minister Scott Morrison was the savior of the government when he announced proposed changes to the pension regime before the budget.

Markus Mannheim New minimum wages are far below what all government staff now receive.

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Pay freeze continues for parliamentarians, judges and top public servants

Pay freeze continues for parliamentarians, judges and top public servants

Markus Mannheim Two years have now passed since most public office holders received a raise.

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Fewer than one in five public servants vote 'yes' to strikes, says Eric Abetz

Employment Minister Eric Abetz declined to answer questions about the new compo arrangements for federal politicians.

Markus Mannheim Abbott government says most staff seem unenthusiastic about industrial action.

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Sacking of soccer journalist Scott McIntyre is contestable, whatever justification SBS used

Sacked SBS presenter Scott McIntyre.

Markus Mannheim An industrial tribunal will pay no heed to the broadcaster's political problems.

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Who dares to discount future lives born into a ravaged climate?

Queensland has suffered through a hot, dry summer despite the deluge from Cyclone Marcia.

Markus Mannheim We can't afford to miscalculate the costs of runaway climate change.

Treasury's controversial Dr Karl advertising campaign escaped independent vetting

Dr Karl spruiks the <i>Intergenerational Report</i> in a YouTube video.

Markus Mannheim Marketing blitz, worth at least $1.75 million, apparently breached government policy.

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Immigration and Customs' future office site remains uncertain as department mulls options

Immigration Department head Michael Pezzullo.

Markus Mannheim Original deadline for proposed new headquarters passed almost two months ago.

Federal police investigate surge in foreign bribery allegations


Markus Mannheim Federal police are investigating 16 allegations of Australians bribing foreign officials.

The Bjorn legacy: what will Lomborg say about Australian aid (and will anyone listen)?

The director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, Dr Bjorn Lomborg.

Markus Mannheim Policymakers should embrace cost-benefit analyses, but be wary of their limits.

Tony Abbott says steep cuts to public service unlikely, as recruitment firm forecasts brighter future

Tony Abbott at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Markus Mannheim Government job market is improving, though mostly for those who are willing to accept temporary contracts.

Agriculture Department head Paul Grimes sacked after dispute with minister Barnaby Joyce

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is isolated over his plans to shift jobs out of Canberra.

Markus Mannheim Barnaby Joyce and his secretary agreed that a 'relationship of strong mutual confidence' was not a realistic prospect.

Labor and public service union slam last year's 'massive' loss of jobs from the bureaucracy

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood.

Markus Mannheim The CPSU says the government's 'success' in shrinking the bureaucracy is no reason to celebrate.

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Public service hiring restrictions may ease as Abbott government reaches job loss target early

The minister responsible for the public service, Eric Abetz.

Markus Mannheim The bureaucracy shrank by 11,000 jobs in 2014, the deepest yearly cut since John Howard's first term.

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When the war on debt turns to tax, will the Coalition's favourite tabloid stay true?

<i>The Daily Telegraph</i>'s February 12 front page.

Markus Mannheim If the Daily Telegraph wants a surplus, it will need to recant its past beliefs.


Labor's hunt for George Brandis' scalp is doomed without Chris Moraitis' missing notes

George Brandis

Markus Mannheim "I cannot find them, I am sorry. I had them on a notepad." It's the bumbling, mumbled apology that will save Brandis.

Finance Department chief Jane Halton says public service cuts won't save budget

Jane Halton, secretary of the Finance Department.

Markus Mannheim Finance boss challenges public servants to help explain to the public why tough policy choices are needed.