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Phillip Thomson

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

Euphemism sparks public service compo claim: How 'complaints' became 'enquiries' and started trouble

Look it up: Pouring over a French-English dictionary might increase your white brain cells.

Phillip Thomson When taxpayer "complaints" became "enquiries", the relationship between an employee and manager broke down.

Public servant's $66,649 stuff up: Compensation for "defective administration"

Phillip Thomson Public servants are under pressure because little mistakes can be costly but only after mandarins bestow grace, documents show.

Misbehaviour at Department of Agriculture: public servants breach code of conduct


Phillip Thomson One department has had employees who used drugs intended for animals, manipulated jury duty and swapped a biosecurity clearance for tickets.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection unit 'overpaid, overstaffed', says Migration Alliance

Migration agents say a section of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection regulating them is overpaid and overstaffed.

Phillip Thomson Complaints about lack of transparency and $5m used for 'featherbedding' public servants.

Public service boss' pep talk: Industry Department secretary Glenys Beauchamp

Phillip Thomson "Looking after kids actually counts for something," says department boss who was a stay-at-home mum for eight years.

Union boss tells how Centrelink worker was violently assaulted

Phillip Thomson Community and Public Sector Union national secretary Nadine Flood says a Centrelink worker suffered received spinal damage after being assaulted by a customer.

'Tell us if Immigration is leaving Belconnen', says Fraser MP Andrew Leigh

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh says moving Immigration Department from Belconnen will have a devastating impact on the town centre's small businesses.

Phillip Thomson Andrew Leigh concerned department could slip announcement into May federal budget.

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd debates CPSU's Nadine Flood

Public Service Commisioner John Lloyd

Phillip Thomson Public service commissioner debated union official Nadine Flood early Friday morning. And they didn't hold back.

Immigration Department secretary Mike Pezzullo: 'Cult of the lifer' is corrosive

 Mike Pezzullo.

Phillip Thomson Departmental loyalty at all costs is corrosive, says immigration boss who reveals brick wall he faced on rise to the top.

Look out Abetz: Industrial action looms at the Department of Employment

The minister responsible for the public service, Eric Abetz.

Phillip Thomson The Fair Work Commission green lights industrial action.

'Petty requests' for metadata: public servants caught in the middle

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Phillip Thomson Claims new metadata retention laws would make public servants both the perpetrators and victims of intrusive information gathering.

Indigenous students encouraged to consider public service careers

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion.

Phillip Thomson Numbers dwindle in the ranks above trainee level.

Security clearance rule being disregarded in Australian Public Service


Phillip Thomson Public service job advertisements show applicants are being discriminated against because they do not have existing security clearances.

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Working on days off: ATO public servant breaches code of conduct for under-claiming

 Taxation Office

Phillip Thomson Middle manager who under-claimed on how much he worked investigated and reprimanded. So he walked.

Public service contractors' catch-22: Welcome to the security clearance roundabout


Phillip Thomson Can't get a job in Canberra without a security clearance; can't get a clearance without a job.

Defence secretary Dennis Richardson signals further job cuts, lauds change to public service travel

Phillip Thomson And secretary Dennis Richardson reveals his major drama with signing off on travel.

Call to arms for public service grads by Defence Department secretary Dennis Richardson

Department of Defence secretary Dennis Richardson appears before Senate estimates last week.

Phillip Thomson Dennis Richardson tells graduates to look on the other side of the coin.

CSIRO moves toward industrial action: seeks Fair Work permission for protected action ballot

New appointment: Dr Larry Marshall will take over as the new chief executive of the CSIRO.

Phillip Thomson CSIRO's new chief executive Larry Marshall could soon be faced with disruptive staff.

Labor senator Joe Ludwig lashes Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd over FOI

Public Service Commisioner John Lloyd has been criticised by Labor Senator Joe Ludwig.

Phillip Thomson Labor senator Joe Ludwig has hit back at Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd's comments about freedom of information laws being harmful.

Public service graduate hopefuls set for 10-month wait in extensive application process

public service

Phillip Thomson Getting a public service job takes longer than the gestation of a hippopotamus or a trip to Mars.