Richard Mulgan Opinion The plight of Alistair Furnival holds important lessons for public servants and political advisers.
Paddy Gourley Opinion The new Abbott government has a knack for 'creating its own realities'.
Public Eye Opinion SES hold important leadership roles; they're no mere dogsbodies and shouldn't be treated as such.
Mike Gilligan Australia's superannuation system is inefficient and regularly misleads those it should serve.
J R Nethercote A mysterious army directorate kept the nucleus of Australia's intelligentsia away from the front line during World War II.
John Adams What should a public servant do if the government pursues a morally objectionable policy?
Stephen Holt Canada's ex-opposition leader has learned, through defeat, what is needed to win in politics.
Ann Villiers Opinion A mere 50 per cent representation is not a sign that women have achieved equality.
Jennifer Wyborn, Emma Vautin The royal commission into union corruption shines a little more light on the Coalition's IR policy.
William D Eggers, Paul Macmillan Boundaries between sectors are collapsing as governments seek better, cheaper ways to satisfy citizens.
NOEL TOWELL Australia's air crash investigation agency is to cut its staff by up to 20 per cent.
MICHAEL INMAN Public servants based in Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle will be able to pre-purchase medium- to long- term parking tickets online from June.
NOEL TOWELL Australia's Customs agency is the public service's most dangerous workplace.
NOEL TOWELL The Agriculture Department is the latest federal government operation to be swamped by requests for redundancy payouts from its workers.
Noel Towell, Meredith Clisby and Fleta Page Canberra’s tallest building, Woden’s Lovett Tower, is set to become a near-empty shell when hundreds of public service occupants move out in two years.
NOEL TOWELL Bureau to open voluntary redundancy program as it tries to manage efficiency dividend and save $50 million.
MARKUS MANNHEIM A massive alleged embezzlement scandal has been uncovered at a small government agency that looks after the funds of the most vulnerable Canberrans.
NOEL TOWELL Up to 200 more public servants at Environment are set to lose their jobs as the government strips the agency of funding and responsibilities.
NOEL TOWELL A legal win for a public servant left mentally damaged from being told to work a standard five-day week could lead to many more workers' compensation claims, the woman's lawyers say.
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NOEL TOWELL The nation's last line of defence against welfare fraudsters is under threat from public service cost-cutting.
NOEL TOWELL The Abbott Government has asked the public sector to trim the fat and one agency is going above and beyond the call of duty, splashing out on fitness instructors to man its corporate gyms.
PHILLIP THOMSON Public servants beware of using the instant online messaging system at work when chatting to colleagues.
NOEL TOWELL The government says Labor is to blame for the staff of an entire Commonwealth department being forced to apply for their own jobs, with 25 per cent set to be rejected.
NOEL TOWELL More than 2000 ATO workers have applied for the 500 golden handshakes available.
More job losses loom at the Department of Agriculture and Food after it shed dozens of biosecurity positions as part of cost-cutting measures.
NOEL TOWELL The public service has been given the go ahead to hire more than 50 senior bureaucrats on annual salaries of up to $366,000 since the Abbott government imposed its hiring clampdown last year, a Senate estimates committee has been told.
NOEL TOWELL The public service has been given the green light to hire more than 50 senior bureaucrats on annual salaries of up to $366,000 since the Abbott Government imposed its hiring clampdown last year, a Senate Estimates committee has been told.
Ten months after former Labor PM Kevin Rudd officially opened the new Australian Security Intelligence Organisation office, the spooks will finally be moving in.
NOEL TOWELL Hundreds of Australian Customs officers face the sack after the Abbott government refused to permit their department to run a $30 million budget deficit.
NOEL TOWELL Thousands of public servants were offered psychological counselling after they learned last week last week of the government's plans for their pay and conditions.
NOEL TOWELL Hundreds more federal government scientists are threatened with the sack after Geoscience Australia conceded it has a $40 million hole in its budget and will be forced to cull its staff.
NOEL TOWELL Public servants at the government's trademark enforcement agency are being targeted by a performance management taskforce as they struggle to cope with ''unreasonable'' workloads, the public sector union says.
NOEL TOWELL Nearly 14 per cent of AusAID staffers have asked for voluntary redundancies since the overseas aid agency was abolished.
NOEL TOWELL The federal government is keeping its intentions for the pay and conditions of its 165,000 public servants close to its chest.
NOEL TOWELL Australia's 165,000 federal bureaucrats will face a choice of zero pay rises for three years or deep cuts to their entitlements.
NOEL TOWELL The Prime Minister's department ships in 260 indigenous workers, but puts them at bottom of wage pile.
NOEL TOWELL Private recruitment firms are reaping tens of millions of dollars from the federal government's public service cuts, supplying thousands of temporary bureaucrats, despite the hiring freeze.
NOEL TOWELL Hundreds of Aboriginal public servants drafted into PM&C are being paid up to $19,000 less than new colleagues doing the same jobs.
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The latest titbits from the editor of The Public Sector Informant.
The temptation to spend voters' own money is just too strong.
Andrew Podger's wish-list for building a better government.
Treasury's budget guessing game and circus that surrounds it.
The budget papers contain too little meaningful information.
We must not allow uncertainty to destroy faith in our aid program.
Professional sport is entertainment. So why is it so heavily regulated?
How will we react to the next immigration scandal?
Senior officials do not cost us a packet; they're cheap.
People need more in their life than a job to be good at their job.
How long before we realise that people just don't care?
By suppressing costings, Treasury acts against the government's will.
A good manager is acutely aware of the office that confines them.