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Phillip Thomson

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

Australian Public Service devoid of policy? 'Crap', says MP Stuart Robert

Phillip Thomson Minister slams comment that federal bureaucracy is a policy-free zone and calls for shared services revolution.

Defence has handed redundancy payments to people they have re-employed as contractors

Defence minister Senator Marise Payne

Phillip Thomson They walk out one door with a redundancy package, and waltz back in as contractors. The impact has been "devastating".

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What Martin Parkinson's return means for the public service

Former Treasury head Martin Parkinson is set to return as head of PM&C.

Phillip Thomson The return of the former treasury secretary means three things for public servants. But one question remains.

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Defence hands out 500 voluntary redundancies: 1200 put up their hand

Department secretary Dennis Richardson, who is involved in deciding who will be given redundancy.

Phillip Thomson The Department of Defence is working out the precise breakdown, team by team, of who will be included among the 10 per cent of middle managers who are to be laid off.

Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos outlines his vision for the public service

Arthur Sinodinos says public servants should not get in the way of politics.

Phillip Thomson Political advisors aren't there to duplicate the public service, cabinet secretary says.

John Gorton Building works dispute: Canberra subcontractor says his business is owed $60,000

A subcontractor is chasing nearly $60,000 owed for work undertaken at the John Gorton Building.

Phillip Thomson Just because it's a government job, doesn't mean payment is assured, subcontractor says.

Geneva talks disrupted: Australian Communications and Media Authority staff to take industrial action

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has sent dozens of staff to the world radio communications conference in Switzerland in the middle of an industrial dispute.

Phillip Thomson A federal government agency's critical talks in Geneva are under the threat of disruption caused by industrial action.

Questions over Defence Housing Australia boss loss

Defence Minister Marise Payne.

Phillip Thomson Ex-Finance Department public servant Jan Mason's background with Telstra sell-off raised.

Ricky Muir calls for public service to use Australian made paper

Ricky Muir wants the APS to use Australian made paper.

Phillip Thomson As Commonwealth bureaucracy's war on paper continues, Ricky Muir wants the APS to look at the paper in use.

Murray Darling Basin Authority rolls out 6 per cent offer

Phillip Thomson Another agency has offered staff the new maximum pay increase allowed by the federal government's revised bargaining policy.

Drug taking IT workers threaten Australian public service, says corruption watchdog

Keys to the kingdom: Drug taking staff in IT are a threat, watchdog says.

Phillip Thomson Watchdog targets bureaucrats with 'super access' and drug problems.

'Who said strike would ground planes!?': Long lines but travel not put off by CPSU strike

Travellers wait to go through international departure doors because of strike action by Border Force workers at Melbourne Airport.

Phillip Thomson with AAP Striking public servants cause long lines ... but not too long.

Australian public servants put in 'skunkworks' while John Lloyd refers to practice known as 'rank and yank'

Inspired by the private sector...Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd.

Phillip Thomson Federal public service hones in on performance management with talk made famous by US corporations.

Comcare going private: Public service compo experiment announced

Comcare wants to lower premiums - and is bringing in private companies.

Phillip Thomson Comcare will call in private companies to do some of its work as it tries to claw back rising premiums.

Australian Taxation Office workers told their letters are too boring - by the ATO Commissioner

Tax commissioner Chris Jordan.

Phillip Thomson Boss says their letters are boring, even by Australian Taxation Office standards.

Fresh redundancy round at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Michael Thawle, will oversee a fresh round of redundancies.

Phillip Thomson Staff at elite agency to be cut before Christmas because workforce too large 'like many other agencies across the APS'.

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Defence's iron ceiling: Brief says experts shouldn't move beyond APS6 without becoming managers of other people

RAAF warplanes over Iraq

Phillip Thomson Smart staff who are experts in their fields face blockage at APS level 6, according to brief.

Australian Border Force public servant strike threatens UK 'I'm a celebrity' show

Workers at Melbourne Airport stop work amid an industrial campaign for better pay earlier this year.

Phillip Thomson Monday's planned Border Force strike has attracted global media attention.

Department of Human Services stands by its penalty pay for casual staff

A dispute has arisen regarding DHS casual penalty rates.

Phillip Thomson Union has approached the Fair Work Commission over DHS casual penalty rates.