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

Scott Morrison exercises tight media control in Department of Social Services

Phillip Thomson Scott Morrison "obsessed with secrecy" as public servants answer two out of 390 requests from media.

An Australian Taxation Office work space in Darwin costs $99,000 per staff members

The ATO's bosses were surprised about Mr Hockey's plan.

Phillip Thomson Staff in this office can always find a place to sit. And it costs $99,000 a year.

Australian Defence Force's dodgy x-ray drama: conflicting reports about radiation danger

There has been disagreement about the seriousness of the matter of the faulty x-ray machine.

Phillip Thomson X-ray machine 'knowingly' used on soldiers for up to four years after failing a compliance test.

Department of Human Services Centrelink-eBay arrangement uncovers $1.7m in dodgy claims

DHS has exposed welfare cheats wrongly claiming $1.7m of taxpayers money.

Phillip Thomson Watch out - the bureaucracy is keeping an eye on your side business.

How Joe Hockey's tax cuts could hurt the public service: Eric Abetz says bureaucracy could be streamlined more

The leader of the government in the Senate, Eric Abetz, says the bureaucracy could be further streamlined.

Phillip Thomson When Eric Abetz was asked how Treasurer could pay for tax cuts, he pointed to only one place.

'Not more pens!': Department of Social Services leads war on promotional merchandise

'Think about how many pens you have sitting in a desk drawer, or a big bucket near your computer, under a mountain of other pens.'

Phillip Thomson 'You might like it, but will they?': APS department declares war on expensive branded merchandise.

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Australian Taxation Office officials frustrated with their tax experience

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Phillip Thomson ATO staff say they find it hard to get quality service from their own agency because access to their records is restricted.

Australian drivers being shamed online on Roadshamer website

Phillip Thomson A brief mistake will now sit online for years, as Australian drivers are beginning to discover.

Whistleblower who raised asbestos concerns left under cloud about up-kilting and porn

Illustration: Simon Bosch.

Phillip Thomson Public servant warns, "If they want to get you, they'll look for the most minor incidents possible."

Department of Veterans Affairs' $145 million in overpayments

What would you bend down for? $50?

Phillip Thomson From little things big things grow, and so does this department's total bill for money it shouldn't have paid out but can't get back.

Department of Human Services boss Kathryn Campbell must play office Tetris

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann addresses the media during a doorstop press conference on Budget eve, at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 11 May 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Phillip Thomson The full extent of the bureaucracy's plague of empty offices – being paid for by taxpayers – is revealed.

Homework deadline looms for department bosses: Digital reform plans due by September

Digital Transformation Office chief executive Paul Shetler.

Phillip Thomson Are departments rushing their online revolution? One expert says 'yes'.

Canberra's 18,000 empty desks cost the taxpayer $5000 a pop

Canberra already has one of the highest office vacancy rates in the country.

Phillip Thomson It's a time of austerity. But here are the phantom work stations Aussie taxpayers are footing the bill for.

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd says 'people stuck in system for years'

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd.

Phillip Thomson Public service reforms: more irregular workers, speeding up sackings and giving dodgy staff less time to play with.

'Don't turn a blind eye': Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd's message to whistleblowers

Phillip Thomson He has been criticised for trying to find a leaker. Now the commissioner explains his position.

Community and Public Sector Union warns of international airport delays

Senator Eric Abetz, the minister assisting the prime minister for the public service.

Phillip Thomson Public servants expect to cause disruptions at international airports when taking industrial action next week.

'Avoid John Lloyd': More public service leakers to hit media after commissioner's comments

The Board of Tax submission also rejected other submissions to the tax review that argue the that the tax reform process is not independent.

Phillip Thomson Whistleblower leader says no point going to the Australian Public Service Commission.

'We are failing': Digital Transformation Office CEO Paul Shetler warns public service

'If Amazon did that they'd go out of business': Digital Transformation Office CEO Paul Shetler.

Phillip Thomson 'It's not a policy problem, it's a delivery issue': Federal bureaucracy's digital boss calls on public servants to do better.

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Department of Social Services' about to leave empty office space on the market

 Employers were found to have  a negative view of younger tertiary-educated workers who changed jobs frequently. For  older workers, job hopping was not viewed as dimly.

Phillip Thomson DSS is on track to release swathes of space onto real estate market.

Why public servants should stop wearing black to work

Jane Allen at the Diana Ferrari store in Woden Plaza.

Phillip Thomson And the one garment Commonwealth staff want to wear at work that they shouldn't.

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