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Phillip Thomson

Phillip Thomson is a Public Service Reporter at The Canberra Times.

Defence's private law firms cost $120,000 a day


Phillip Thomson Bureaucracy's top solicitor wins a fraction of external Defence legal contracts while private guns rake in millions.

Voluntary redundancies not ruled out at ACTAS

Melissa Breen.

Phillip Thomson Redeployment, natural attrition and voluntary redundancy could be used to find savings across the bureaucracy overseeing Canberra's top sportspeople.

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Penrhyn House revamp could bring 900 public servants to Woden

Number 2-6 Bowes Street in Phillip has been treated to a $10 million upgrade.

Meredith Clisby and Phillip Thomson Empty Penrhyn House in Woden has been revamped by Melbourne based Quintessential Equity in order to attract new tenants when public servants are being shunted out of the town centre.

Christmas party potato sack race led to compensation claim


Phillip Thomson Christmas party game led to Canberran's push for permanent impairment compensation.

Finance department takes 2% of public service graduate job applicants


Phillip Thomson Slim graduate public service pickings.

Public service payouts on track for $1 billion

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr? said both reports showed a softening of some conditions as a result of the previous federal budget.

Phillip Thomson Analysis of 760 redundancies since federal election reveal average payout and point to total cost of restructure.

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Department of Defence spends millions on vacant space

Defence is spending up big on empty workspace in the ACT.

Phillip Thomson Defence is doing its bit to prop up Canberra's flagging commercial real estate market.

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Defence loses thousands in credit card fraud


Phillip Thomson From public service graduates to commanders, investigators hone in on dodgy spending.

Tony Abbott's wine cellars 'tragic, bewildering'

Tony Abbott and wine

Phillip Thomson Critic launches broadside at wine lists at The Lodge, Kirribilli House and PM&C as Australia puts itself forward as a restaurant for the world.

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Massive building needs 1700 public servants

A surplus of vacant office space in the ACT has now been dragging on for several years.

Phillip Thomson Wanted: public servants to fill 24,000sqm building at the foot of Parliament.

Attorney-General's Department boss Roger Wilkins to depart

Roger Wilkins has stepped down from his role at the Attorney-General's Department.

Phillip Thomson The mandarin in charge of the Attorney-General's Department, Roger Wilkins, will step down at the end of this month when his term ends.

Bureaucrats forced to work weekends to finalise Joe Hockey's budget

Joe Hockey

Phillip Thomson Extra 1200 days worked by Finance staff on a budget that cut their mates' jobs.

Moving public servants 25km sparks Fair Work action

Under scrutiny: The tax office has notified thousands of self-managed super funds over practices such as dividend washing or attending seminars in holiday resorts.

Phillip Thomson Union wants workers to be on board if they are to be shifted.

Australian Ebola research lab threatened

Up to eight researchers are set to lose their jobs at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong.

Phillip Thomson It recently started researching the Ebola virus. Now the lab is rocked by government cutbacks.

DHS upheaval overseen by 'perfectionist' Rhodes scholar

Department of Human Services associate secretary Ben Rimmer.

Phillip Thomson Meet the senior public servant with an alternative background in the middle of massive changes at Human Services.

NCA's 'attractive outdoor opportunity' - dishing parking fines


Phillip Thomson Sacked public servants can find a job slapping ex-colleagues with parking fines.

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ABC finds Utopia is in the public service

Rob Sitch and cast of Utopia

Phillip Thomson Are you a Jim, a Nat or a Tony?

Pussy Galore clogs ASIC with FOI requests

Generic work.

Phillip Thomson Man who hid behind James Bond characters sent 160 FoI requests and raised security concerns.

Defence Department splashes cash on celebrity speakers such as Ita Buttrose, John Eales


Phillip Thomson A former Wallaby, world famous ballet dancer and Ita Buttrose have been brought in on contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars to talk to the Department of Defence's top brass.

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Communications Department reduces number of redundancies

communications department.

Phillip Thomson Union says increasing number of departments now turning to forced redundancies to meet savings targets.