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Phillip Thomson

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

Safety concerns at vital Navy airfield HMAS Albatross

Phillip Thomson Lack of public servants sparks industrial drama.

Eric Abetz's Employment Department floats extra job cuts for more pay

Phillip Thomson Department of Employment is asking staff to choose between a lower pay rise or more job cuts.

Public Service Commissioner Stephen Sedgwick to stand down

Australian Public Service Commissioner Stephen Sedgwick.

Phillip Thomson Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Public Service Commissioner Stephen Sedgwick will finish his term next month but his departure will come at a time when there is a question mark over the...

Pressure on Carol Mills but she's still in the running for UK House of Commons Clerk job

Carol Mills, Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary.

Phillip Thomson John Faulkner says DPS is the "worst run government department in the Commonwealth of Australia" but Carol Mills still in running for the UK job.

UK juggernaut QinetiQ stalks Australian defence bureaucracy using first principles review

Defence headquarters in Canberra.

Phillip Thomson Company whittled 11,000 civil servants to 5000. Now it's hunting for parts of Australia's Defence Department.

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Call for non-violent public servants in Defence Department by concerned citizens

Defence personnel.

Phillip Thomson Peaceful bureaucrats, bring back national service and "log"-like submarines: Defence white paper submissions from lesser known groups.

Don't flood Canberra property market with Defence land, says ACT Government

Land concerns: Defence Minister David Johnston.

Phillip Thomson ACT Government worried about bureaucracy-driven land surplus.

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Australian Tax Office to reveal bargaining offer on November 25 and 26

Phillip Thomson The ATO is set to unwrap its bargaining offer to 20,000 staff before Christmas - and it could bring out the nasties.

CSIRO morale plummeting, survey shows

Phillip Thomson CSIRO's staff morale has crashed and there is a growing chasm between senior management and staff.

Fears for ADF because of concerns over Defence Materiel Organisation workforce

Australian Defence Force

Phillip Thomson Defence Minister David Johnston has been called on to act urgently on the back of a DMO audit.

Public servant's unfair dismissal bid from prison


Phillip Thomson He wanted his job back when he was set free next month after an indecent assault on a person younger than 16.

Defence public servants cop private sector flak in First Principles Review submissions

Service queried: A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet receives fuel from a RAAF tanker in the skies over Iraq.

Phillip Thomson Wrap up of the first round of First Principles review submissions now rolling in.

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Australian Tax Office injury premiums soaring: new strategy launched to save money

Body stressing injuries most common at 20,000-person, mostly office-based agency.

Phillip Thomson Body stressing injuries most common at 20,000-person, mostly office-based agency.

Work to rule campaign called for at Australian Tax Office but unions need to heal rivalry


Phillip Thomson Two major unions may need to heal bitter rivalry.

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Public servant needed to stand between Eric Abetz and 160,000 colleagues

Eric Abetz's public service employment battle is about a much bigger issue

Phillip Thomson Job ad placed looking for a bureaucrat to walk into the industrial relations firestorm.

Up to 250 public service jobs to go from Canberra to Geelong in Australian Bureau of Statistics move

Shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh: He says the public service is not a pork barrel.

Phillip Thomson Federal public service jobs now being moved to bolster state Coalition seats.

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Woman who claims Hobart Australian Tax Office staff 'hostile' to her loses compensation bid


Phillip Thomson Allegation Hobart staff ganged up on mainland woman because she took their executive level 1 job disputed.

Angry Australian Defence Force members in key Coalition electorates

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan said Australian Defence Force personnel had a right to be questioning the below-inflation pay increase, as there was no mention of this occurring before the 2013 Federal election.

Phillip Thomson The votes of diggers angry about their below-inflation pay rise could turn the heat on the Coalition in crucial seats in the next election.

CSIRO forestry jobs 'saved', says Australian Forest Products Association lobby group

Ross Hampton, forest industry lobbyist, campaigning to save the CSIRO jobs earlier in the year.

Phillip Thomson Respected scientists approaching the weekend with good news.

Public servants prepare for escalation in industrial action

Seeing red: At a rally in Canberra a couple of thousand public servants turned up at lunchtime, many wearing red, to hear the battle rhetoric from union leaders which could reverberate through Commonwealth departments dealing with every Australian.

Phillip Thomson Federal public servants have been told to get ready for what will be a drawn-out campaign.