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Phillip Thomson

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

Why it costs a rumoured $200 to move a computer screen at the ATO

Phillip Thomson Public servants must wait for outsourced company to relieve screen envy.

Public service compensation claims reach $1 billion


Phillip Thomson The cost of taxpayer funded payouts to bureaucrats has reached almost $1 billion in the past four years.

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Michael Thawley take over sends shudders through public service

New boss: Michael Thawley will be the new secretary of the PM&C.

Mark Kenny and Phillip Thomson Pubilc servants concerned of more to come as Tony Abbott reshapes the senior executive ranks.

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Michael Thawley appointed new PM&C secretary as Ian Watt resigns

New boss: Michael Thawley will be the new secretary of the PM&C.

Phillip Thomson Former ambassador to the United States takes over at Prime Minister and Cabinet, as Ian Watt stands down.

Norfolk Island leaders argue against rule by Canberra bureaucrats

Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism Lisle Snell and Minister for Finance Timothy Sheridan took Norfolk Island’s case to Parliament House on Thursday.

Phillip Thomson Pacific territory's representatives take aim at department's capacity and call for referendum or plebiscite.

Tug of war compensation claim fails

Phillip Thomson Former soldier calculates he lifted 739,000kg in the army, but questionnaires cast doubt on cause of back pain.

Senate standoff over budget savings could trigger more public service job cuts

The federal bureaucracy could pay the cost of Treasurer Joe Hockey's options being reduced.

Phillip Thomson The Senate stalemate over budget savings could prompt a second round of public service cuts which would hurt Canberra, according to Deloitte Access Economics.

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Australian Public Service still losing the war against sickies

The State goverment plans to cut 4200 public service jobs.

Noel Towell and Phillip Thomson Largest government department now reporting more 16 days off work in "unscheduled absence" for each public servant.

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Agriculture Department's dangerous injuries to public servants increase

There's been a big jump in  in dangerous incidents reported.

Phillip Thomson Near-death incidents list includes exposure to chemicals and electricity.

ASIO spends $7 million on voluntary redundancies for spies

Outgoing: Director-General of Security David Irvine warned that

Phillip Thomson A cluster of experienced intelligence experts were paid millions to go before Australia ramped up its security effort.

Public servants awarded bonuses up to $18,000 despite cutbacks

Phillip Thomson Not all departments have phased out performance payments despite cost-savings measures.

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ACC staff member caught using drugs prompts call for wider tests

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Phillip Thomson The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity has called for more "high risk" public service agencies to consider drug testing.

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Finance Department sees 25 per cent spike in casual workforce within a year

Mathias Cormann.

Phillip Thomson Mathias Cormann's department has casual workers making up one fifth of its workforce.

Woman drought in bureaucracy's elite executive levels

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Phillip Thomson New statistics show how hard it is for women to make it at each SES and EL level.

International job for Canberra archives boss David Fricker

Boxing clever: Director-general David Fricker at the National Archives. He has just started his four-year international term.

Phillip Thomson The man who stores Tony Abbott's emails is taking on a top international job.

Australian Defence Force outlines pay offer to remuneration tribunal

Meagre offer: A 4.5 per cent pay increase over three years is being proposed for Australia's military personnel.

Phillip Thomson A $634 million below-inflation pay offer is being pushed by ADF to meet deadline.

Seselja accuses CPSU of avoiding public service workers

Liberal Senator Zed Seselja.

Phillip Thomson Senator claims union standards "exposed" after it used private company instead of public servants.

Public servant's soccer injury compensation claim

former CSIRO scientist lost his bid for compensation after claiming his back was hurt while doing a bicycle kick during a game of soccer

Phillip Thomson Bureaucrat's taxpayer-funded bid for "flawlessly executed" bicycle kick.

Top bureaucrat needed as social media attack dog

Phillip Thomson Search is on for someone to take on Facebook and Twitter over cyber-bullying

Fewer public servants means fewer furniture orders

Matthew Power is the owner of a furniture business that stretches back to Gough Whitlam's days.

Phillip Thomson Furniture traders know the shrinking public service equates to less business for them.