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Operation Absurdity: sinking the navy's credibility

Paddy Gourley The Abbott government might as well end the pretence and shut up the accountability shop.

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Don't mock red tape repeal day: we need it

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Stephen Bartos Opinion The Abbott government's deregulation agenda copped some early criticism, but its success is crucial.

The murky ethics of job applications

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MARKUS MANNHEIM Is it ethical, or even lawful, for a public servant to pay someone else to write a job application?

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Give us your opinion ...

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Public Eye Opinion The public service has adopted a fiercely conservative approach to freedom of information law under the Abbott government.

Looking back on Labor's secretaries

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J R Nethercote The post-bureaucracy careers of department heads are just as interesting as who becomes a secretary.

Apolitical, merit-based ... and out of fashion

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Richard Mulgan Opinion Conservatives no longer seem to be much interested in championing an independent public service.

Eric Abetz on bonuses, wages ... and widgets

Leader of the Government in the Senate, Senator Eric Abetz, during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 12 February 2014.
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MARKUS MANNHEIM The Public Service Minister tells the Informant about his approach to the bureaucracy's upcoming wage negotiations.

'I deserve a promotion. Should I stay or leave?'

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Jennifer Wyborn, Jacqueline Jago We put your workplace problems to an employment lawyer and an executive coach.

Quagmires in disciplinary investigations

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John Wilson The purpose of disciplinary procedures is to protect an agency, not punish an employee.

Stoke the fire inside, not the flames beneath

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Allan Hawke Former department head Allan Hawke continues his series of articles on managing staff.

Don't spend unless you can prove it's worth it

Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 28 March 2014.
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Anthony McGinness Government agencies need to be able to realise and measure the benefits of their investments.

The phoney war: waiting for real government

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 27 February 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Stephen Bartos Opinion Coming up with effective policies is proving much harder than the Coalition had expected.

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Lessons from the Alistair Furnival affair

Senator Fiona Nash Assistant Health minister appeared before a Senate Estimates hearing at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 26 February 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Richard Mulgan Opinion The plight of Alistair Furnival holds important lessons for public servants and political advisers.

A dummies' guide to Abbott-style politics

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Paddy Gourley Opinion The new Abbott government has a knack for 'creating its own realities'.

Health shelters its 'junior' senior executives

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Public Eye Opinion SES hold important leadership roles; they're no mere dogsbodies and shouldn't be treated as such.

A super hoax or just another stuff-up?

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Mike Gilligan Australia's superannuation system is inefficient and regularly misleads those it should serve.

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Alf Conlon's backroom boys at war

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J R Nethercote A mysterious army directorate kept the nucleus of Australia's intelligentsia away from the front line during World War II.

Uncomfortable echoes of Eichmann

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John Adams What should a public servant do if the government pursues a morally objectionable policy?

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Michael Ignatieff's reflection on realpolitik

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Stephen Holt Canada's ex-opposition leader has learned, through defeat, what is needed to win in politics.

Waiting politely outside power's closed door

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Ann Villiers Opinion A mere 50 per cent representation is not a sign that women have achieved equality.

Abbott's growing bolshiness on IR

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Jennifer Wyborn, Emma Vautin The royal commission into union corruption shines a little more light on the Coalition's IR policy.

The power of the 'solution economy'

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William D Eggers, Paul Macmillan Boundaries between sectors are collapsing as governments seek better, cheaper ways to satisfy citizens.

The Diary: April 2014

Courses, conferences and events for public servants.

Waiting for government

Coming up with effective policies is harder than the Coalition expected.

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The trouble with 'truth'

Adapting to a new government's language and philosophy is normal.

Idiocy of the freeze

The government must resist blind, across-the-board spending cuts.

Crusade of dated ideology

The audit commission's advice will contain a lot of 1980s thinking.

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Yes, Prime Minister

Public servants must learn what type of minister they now have.

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Nonsense jobs

Why are we not all working three- to four-hour days?

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A 'cancer on democracy'

The temptation to spend voters' own money is just too strong.

The to-do list

Andrew Podger's wish-list for building a better government.

Forecasting folly

Treasury's budget guessing game and circus that surrounds it.

Operation Sunlight?

The budget papers contain too little meaningful information.

A good global citizen

We must not allow uncertainty to destroy faith in our aid program.

And the next faux crisis ...

Professional sport is entertainment. So why is it so heavily regulated?

Young talent drowning

How will we react to the next immigration scandal?

Cheers to the end of days

How long before we realise that people just don't care?

Art of giving feedback

Managers who delay sharing their views are not managing.

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Informant: the blog

The latest titbits from the editor of The Public Sector Informant.