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Markus Mannheim

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

Coalition could axe 17,000 public sector jobs

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Markus Mannheim The latest budget papers suggest the government could shed more than 17,000 jobs in three years.

Damages payout for 'misuse' of top-secret security clearance

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Markus Mannheim, Michael Inman A dispute between two companies that train public servants has revealed the lucrative market value of top-secret security clearances.

Reviews warn of failure to deal with public servants' underperformance

Stephen Sedgwick.

Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy must learn to deal effectively with unmotivated and incompetent staff, a series of reviews has found.

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Public servants seek ethical advice about Twitter, Facebook posts

Twitter bird.

Markus Mannheim Public servants remain confused about what they can write on Facebook and Twitter, and regularly seek ethical advice.

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Concerns over bureaucracy's army of middle managers

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Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy continued to grow more top-heavy last year, prompting a crackdown on the number of executives it employs.

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Public servants less likely to work from home

Markus Mannheim Public servants are far less likely to work from home than other workers, despite a government push to promote telecommuting.

In an emergency, scrap, slash and sell to save $20bn

Public service

Markus Mannheim A pro-market research group has proposed a radical fix for the federal budget that involves abolishing two government departments and ending a range of welfare and business payments.

Decade of hardship looms for public servants, Ian Watt warns

Tony Abbott and Dr Ian Watt, Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister.

Markus Mannheim Australia's top bureaucrat has warned public servants to prepare for a decade of hardship.

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Public servants' pay bonuses are problematic, brief warns

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Markus Mannheim The Public Service Commission has warned the government that its plan to pay bonuses to senior bureaucrats is problematic.

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Public servants get image makeover

A Day In The Life Of A Public Servant.

Markus Mannheim Public servants across Australia may be forgiven for feeling a little unloved in these austere times.

Election policy costings and the changes to come

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Markus Mannheim The Parliamentaay Budget Office's post-election report shows many of its costings of Coalition policies were of "low" or "medium" reliability only.

Public service still recruiting despite Tony Abbott's cutbacks

CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood.

Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy is recruiting and retrenching public servants in apparent defiance of the government's staffing policies.

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Air of secrecy as Treasury rules against releasing Hockey brief

Joe Hockey.

Markus Mannheim The public service appears to be growing more secretive under the Abbott government after the Treasury shielded its first brief for Joe Hockey from public scrutiny.

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.

Get with the 'programme', public servants

Canberra

Markus Mannheim Public Service Editor Federal bureaucrats are so keen to demonstrate their willingness to serve the Abbott government that they are changing the way they spell.

Get with the 'programme', public servants

An example of the Coalition's use of

Markus Mannheim Public servants are confused about how to write the now highly politicised word 'program' (or is that 'programme'?).

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A cocktail of corruption? Networking 'is immoral'

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Markus Mannheim A Canberra ethicist says career networking is akin to bribery; an immoral attempt to gain an illegitimate advantage over others.

Questions over Abbott's sudden sackings

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Markus Mannheim One of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's first acts – the reported dismissal of three department heads – will cost his government almost $2 million in payouts.

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High price of churn

The public service will begin to squeeze itself into a shape that fits Tony Abbott's new Administrative Arrangements Order.

Markus Mannheim Comment: Once again, the federal bureaucracy is poised to upend itself to suit a PM's whims.

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Public service may not be cut so deeply

CPSU members.

Markus Mannheim Comment: Should we pity public servants in the wake of the election?

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