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Markus Mannheim

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

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

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.

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 '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.

ASIO methods used to assess threat of would-be police officer criticised


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.

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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Boat people: warning on rising cost of refugees - up to $500,000 each

asylum seekers

Markus Mannheim Each asylum seeker who tries to reach Australia on a boat could cost taxpayers almost half a million dollars, the latest budget data suggests.

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Manus Island detainees in sex video, PNG MP claims

Papua New Guinean MP for Manus Island, Ronny Knight. Source: Facebook


Markus Mannheim A PNG politician says asylum seekers detained on Manus Island have appeared in a pornographic film with local girls.

Tourism tweets top government's Twitter success

Twitter @Australia.

Markus Mannheim The federal bureaucracy's use of Twitter is growing rapidly, but analysts say the government should do less "talking at" and more "talking with".

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Coalition could axe 17,000 public sector jobs


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

Our internet habits are being scrutinised if not by spyware that secretly monitors every keystroke we make then by employers who want to check staff aren't bludging.
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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

Censored documents


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.