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Markus Mannheim

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

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

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.

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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.

Write your own legal briefs, former Attorney-General's Department head tells government lawyers

Former Attorney-General's Department secretary Roger
Wilkins.

Markus Mannheim The government's legal bills continue to rise despite significant cuts to agency budgets.

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Federal public servants' pay rose rapidly last decade. But are they overpaid?

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Markus Mannheim It's time for a systematic review of public servants' pay: a genuine attempt to determine the value of their labour.

MI5 rules out spies with tattoos but ASIO invites inked-up job seekers to apply

Restauranteur Jayden Ong with his sleeve tattoo's.

Markus Mannheim The British intelligence agency says visible tattoos are unsuitable for covert work, but Australian spies are more open.

Government running costs to reach record high as disability expenses mount

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann release the mid-year budget review last month.

Markus Mannheim Departmental expenses - the money needed to manage government programs - to soar to an historic high after the 2016 election.

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Watchdog exposes tricks public servants use to avoid sharing information with the public

Transparency secrecy generic

Markus Mannheim Report finds the Department of Human Service's FOI staff became secretive and obsessed with process.

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Public servants must be willing to confront underperforming staff: Stephen Sedgwick

Outgoing Australian Public Service Commissioner Stephen Sedgwick.

Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy sacked fewer employees in 2013-14 than at any other time in the past 15 years.

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Freedom of information law overseen by one man working from home

Information Commissioner Professor John McMillan has lost his staff but not his legal obligations.

Markus Mannheim Agency head laughs off his 'slightly more awkward working environment', saying 'in an age of technology, it's possible'.

Public service clean, survey says, but corruption experts sceptical

Commonwealth officials have long said state, territory and local bureaucracies are far more corruption-prone.

Markus Mannheim Just 2.6 per cent of public service staff witnessed a colleague engage in corrupt behaviour over the past year.

Crackdown on public service jobs that pay too much or too little

Illustration: John Shakespeare

Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy is about to crack down on public servants who are paid vastly more, or less, than their work warrants.

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Universities tell Finance Department head Jane Halton to stop calling herself 'professor'

Chastised: Finance Department secretary Jane Halton, who is an adjunct professor at two universities and has an honorary doctorate.

Markus Mannheim Department indicates the widespread use of the honorific was an error by deferential public servants.

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Freedom of information watchdog may be saved but staff have already left

PUP senator Jacqui Lambie says if Clive Palmer (pictured)

Markus Mannheim The Senate might save the federal government's information watchdog at the 11th hour but many of its Canberra staff have already left.

Angry Norfolk Islanders reject recommendation to abolish parliament in favour of Canberra rule

Norfolk Island Chief Minister Lisle Snell lobbying in Canberra.

Markus Mannheim When Canberrans were asked in 1978 if they wanted to govern themselves, a resounding majority said "no".