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Phillip Thomson

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

New Canberra parking inspectors in parliamentary zone work weekends too

Phillip Thomson Here come the men (and women) in black for paid parking D-Day and it's not just weekday law breakers who should be careful.

8000 public service jobs lost in a year

Phillip Thomson Another day, another 20 public service jobs go as Eric Abetz touts natural attrition numbers.

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TV campaign to save public service jobs

The Medicare office at Westfield Belconnen closed down in April, forcing clients to go elsewhere.

Phillip Thomson Australia's main public service union stirs concern on private health data.

Canberra's unkindest cuts: where the redundancies have fallen


Phillip Thomson Up to 97 per cent of federal public servants made redundant at major departments have so far come from Canberra.

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ASIO's elite spies culled by a quarter

Efficiency dividend stops ASIO's almost decade long goal of reaching 1860 staff.

Phillip Thomson Efficiency dividend stops ASIO's almost decade long goal of reaching 1860 staff.

Department of Parliamentary Service staff raise concerns about Hansard mistakes


Phillip Thomson Parliament's public servants complain of Hansard and school tour overload.

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Public service red tape assassination squads cost millions

Nationals Senator Matthew Canavan? said the red tape reduction was vital because Australian businesses were exposed to international competition.

Phillip Thomson Small teams across bureaucracy undertake Tony Abbott's regulation purge.

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Awkward talk at Parliament House: UK MP John Bercow comes to Canberra

 Department of Parliamentary Services chief Carol Mills during an estimates hearing at Parliament House.

Phillip Thomson John Bercow's appointment of Carol Mills caused a British tabloid storm. Now he flies to Canberra for a guest lecture on Ms Mills's home turf.

GG's vice-regal homes plagued by ravages of time

Contributed publicly available.  photos- Governor-General's toilet for story re; upgrades at Admiralty House.

Phillip Thomson Even the vice-regal toilet has had dramas as separate $12m of work cancelled or delayed.

Diplomat Graeme Wilson mourned as a 'true gentleman'

Sports lover: Australia's high commissioner to South Africa, Graeme Wilson, has passed away.

Phillip Thomson Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and South African president Jacob Zuma send condolences for Graeme Wilson.

Public servants should be sent north: report

Australian Public Service Commissioner Stephen Sedgwick.

Phillip Thomson Report tabled in Parliament recommends federal bureaucrats go tropical.

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Eric Abetz launches attack against public service union, the CPSU

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz.

Phillip Thomson Senator Eric Abetz has launched a scathing attack on the main union representing public servants by saying it has been deliberately misrepresenting the government's position on bargaining...

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Retired public servant Roger Wilkins urges colleagues to loosen up

Free and frank: Former secretary of the Attorney General's Department Roger
Wilkins. Photo: Graham Tidy

Phillip Thomson George Brandis's former top public servant says the bureaucracy needs to broaden its advice.

Department of Human Services removes diversity clause

office workers, lack of diversity.

Phillip Thomson Human Services says it's a leader in workplace diversity.

Public service executive experience walking out the door

Hundreds of EL1s earning between $96,000 and $107,000 have left major departments since the federal election.

Phillip Thomson Fears corporate knowledge will be lost from executive ranks following department by department breakdown of sackings.

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Defence's private law firms cost $120,000 a day


Phillip Thomson Bureaucracy's top solicitor wins a fraction of external Defence legal contracts while private guns rake in millions.

Voluntary redundancies not ruled out at ACTAS

Melissa Breen.

Phillip Thomson Redeployment, natural attrition and voluntary redundancy could be used to find savings across the bureaucracy overseeing Canberra's top sportspeople.

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Penrhyn House revamp could bring 900 public servants to Woden

Number 2-6 Bowes Street in Phillip has been treated to a $10 million upgrade.

Meredith Clisby and Phillip Thomson Empty Penrhyn House in Woden has been revamped by Melbourne based Quintessential Equity in order to attract new tenants when public servants are being shunted out of the town centre.

Christmas party potato sack race led to compensation claim


Phillip Thomson Christmas party game led to Canberran's push for permanent impairment compensation.

Finance department takes 2% of public service graduate job applicants


Phillip Thomson Slim graduate public service pickings.