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Phillip Thomson

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

Three of the best executive level 2 jobs in the public service

Fancy managing 20,000 square kilometres of Kakadu National Park?

Phillip Thomson Just back from holiday? Dreaming of a job away from the hunting ground? Here are the top 3 options.

2015 public service bargaining starts with a fizzle

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Phillip Thomson Bargaining talks expected to take two days last week, stalled after just 90 minutes.

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David Tune and public service workers honoured

Phillip Thomson David Tune honoured.

Jobless compete to be temporary spies to boost family coffers

Phillip Thomson The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation is looking for part timers to swell its spy ranks, Phillip Thomson reports.

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd says ignore 'right-wing warlord' labels

New Public Service Commisioner John Lloyd.

Phillip Thomson 'When the public service is unjustifiably criticised, my job is to defend it,' new Public Service Commissioner says.

Carol Mills oversees late bills: Department of Parliamentary Services falls below benchmark

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Phillip Thomson More underperformance for Carol Mills' department. This time with its bills.

Public service coughs up money to pay bills on time: good news for Canberra retailers

Phillip Thomson Despite machinery of government changes, departments have set a record in paying its bills.

Angst from ATO public servants over how long it took to change an office lightbulb


Phillip Thomson FoI documents showing massive human resources taken after complaints about bright office lights.

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Darren McKittrick's $45,000 life dream taken when AC Cobra was stolen

Phillip Thomson When Darren McKittrick saw his garage had been broken into on the weekend he felt sick.

Rush of jobs for departmental secretary and agency head sidekicks

Remuneration packages worth about $300,000 came with some of the jobs.

Phillip Thomson The new year has started with a rush of highly paid public service jobs as several large departments look to introduce new blood and fresh ideas.

Department of Human Services cuts back on private investigators in welfare fraud cases


Phillip Thomson Welfare cheats are less likely to have someone photographing them from a car.

Confusion over Parliament House cleaning contract

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Phillip Thomson Apparent bewilderment about when the Parliament House cleaning contract ends appears to have slowed enterprise bargaining negotiations with the workers.

Moving Immigration Department staff from Belconnen would be disastrous for traffic

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Phillip Thomson Parking and traffic woes predicted if Mike Pezzullo moves staff.

Tips for public service graduates about to start work


Phillip Thomson Starting a public service grad position? Leave the txt speak at home. Srsly.

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New Belconnen businesses hopeful Immigration stays in town centre

Phillip Thomson The enormous retail pulling power of a big government department.

Cabinet papers reveal public service stoush on Mr Fluffy

An advertisement by Dirk Jansen, aka Mr Fluffy, placed in The Canberra Times in 1968.

Phillip Thomson Two elite federal departments differed on asbestos response.

Australian Public Service led way on working agreements

Phillip Thomson Bob Hawke's government pushed restraint on public service.

Coalition's $1 billion Defence estate hole revealed

New Defence Minister Kevin Andrews.

Phillip Thomson There are fears lives could be endangered because Australia's military bases are falling into disrepair.

Education Department signals 110 redundancies

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Phillip Thomson When attrition doesn't work, the cuts hit home.

Surplus bombs leave $23m hole in Defence books

Australian defence force exercise Chong Ju at Puckapunyal.

Phillip Thomson The Defence Department has destroyed 85 surplus missiles worth $23 million in the past 18 months.