Only one in five bureaucrats vote 'yes' to strikes

Markus Mannheim 9:55 PM   Abbott government says most staff seem unenthusiastic about industrial action.


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Tax Office denies backfilling

There are union concerns about the way the Australian Tax Office is handling its restructuring process.

Phillip Thomson 12:12 PM   As the commissioner allows staff to go off script.

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Public service defies the knockers

Terry Moran.

Noel Towell   Don't believe the hype, says former top bureaucrat Terry Moran - those public service kids are alright.

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Higher wages for fewer public service sickies

Australian Public Service managers are failing to tackle the 'seemingly intractable' problem of sickies among their workers, internal APS documents reveal.

Noel Towell   APS bosses can now put sickie rates on the table in wage talks.

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Dr Karl campaign expands


Public Eye   Treasury more than doubled the size of its contract with the firm behind the ads.

Who dares to discount future lives?

Queensland has suffered through a hot, dry summer despite the deluge from Cyclone Marcia.

Markus Mannheim   We can't afford to miscalculate the costs of runaway climate change.

In defence of cost-benefit analysis and discount rates

Academics and students at the University of Western Australia don't want Bjorn Lomborg's new centre.

Andrew Podger   Policymakers need a measured response to claims of doom.

A tough task: getting Whitlam to the White House

Richard Nixon

Jeremy Hearder   Australia's ambassador had to deal with Nixon's fury at the 'lefties' in Canberra.

Abbott's climate delays come full circle

Illustration by John Shakespeare

John Hewson   The Coalition once led the way but is now an international laggard.

APS union pledges 'fight of our lives'

Public servants demonstrating in Canberra in November last year.

Noel Towell   The federal bureaucracy is facing its worst industrial strife in 30 years.

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Taking over the reins of government

From the beginning: Prime Minister Tony Abbott with his first ministry in September 2013.

J. R. Nethercote   Australia lacks a comprehensive guide on how to manage government transitions.

The unheeded good work of government

The rate of fires and deaths while the home insulation scheme was operating was actually lower than the industry's normal rate.

Ian McAuley, Miriam Lyons   Do we really trust corporations more than elected governments?

Intergenerational Report weakens APS integrity

Dr Karl spruiks the <i>Intergenerational Report</i> in a YouTube video.

Richard Mulgan   The government, and public, should expect better of the Treasury.

Sacking of journalist is contestable, whatever justification SBS used

Sacked SBS presenter Scott McIntyre.

Markus Mannheim   An industrial tribunal will pay no heed to the broadcaster's political problems.

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The temptations of political patronage

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis announced the appointment of Michelle Gordon to the High Court at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 14 April 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Paddy Gourley   Ministers should help themselves by playing a minimal role in appointments.

Don't strike, your bosses are too busy, public servants told

public servants.

Noel Towell   PM&C managers too busy for public servants to strike, Immigration bosses say it's complicated.

Parlez-vous ten grand? DFAT staffers cash in by speaking the lingo

Nice little earner: Fluent Mandarin speakers will find an extra $13,000 in their pay packets.

Noel Towell   DFAT officials fluent in the international language of ka-ching.

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Right to freedom of speech is far from absolute in our law

Sacked SBS presenter Scott McIntyre.

Gillian Triggs   "Whoever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter"? So asked John Milton in his "Areopagtica", in 1644.

Over 4000 ATO workers set to strike

The ATO says plans by workers to strike ahead of the close of financial year won't affect services to the community.

Noel Towell and Nassim Khadem   Over 4000 Tax Office workers have voted to strike over pay and conditions just weeks before millions of Australians are due to start filing their annual tax returns.

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Immigration flight risk to 'aerotropolis'

The building will marry best-practice campus-style workplace principles within a master-planned landscaped precinct.

Noel Towell   Airport is hoping to land the newly-merged department at its giant business park.

CSIRO staff launch industrial action over bargaining policy

The CSIRO action was announced after negotiations for a new industrial deal broke down again this week.

Nick Toscano   Scientists and workers at the CSIRO will launch industrial action on Thursday as anger boils over at management's refusal to budge from the federal government's "hostile" bargaining policy.

Why public servants can't work from jail


John Wilson   A recent judgment may seem to state the obvious, but important questions about misconduct remain.

'I'm a hands-on worker. So why am I doing policy?'

Stressful work

Yvonne Richards   We put your workplace conundrums to an executive coach.

Hundreds of ATO casuals to lose jobs

The union is now seeking a meeting with the ATO to get more information on the cuts and options for staff.

Natalie Kotsios   After 30 per cent decrease in hard copy tax returns, hundreds of casual tax workers are set to be cut from regional centre.

Outsourcing not like bondage: APS boss

FOI documents reveal one public service department has had employees who used drugs intended for animals, manipulated jury duty, made claims for returned equipment and swapped clearance on biosecurity for VIP tickets.

Noel Towell   Working out the power dynamic in the new Commonwealth public sector's Shared Services Centre will take a major cultural shift, says its chief executive.

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Public servants may stop stopping the boats

An asylum seeker boat carrying refugees arrives on Christmas Island on November 20, 2012. The "stop the boats" policy is in the sights of aggrieved public servants.

Noel Towell   The "stop the boats" policy in the sights of public servants as they move towards a strike over pay and conditions.

How to leave that public service job you hate

News.  Author and former public servant Matthew Fenwick has written a book Life Without Lanyards- from Public Servant to Entrepreneur, a how to guide for public servants looking for self employment.

Noel Towell   You can leave the lanyard behind, public servants told.

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Carol Mills accused of misleading parliamentary committee

Former Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary Carol Mills

Stephanie Peatling   The sacked head of Parliament House has been accused of misleading a committee investigating her department's use of CCTV footage to spy on a public servant who was leaking material to Labor Senator John Faulkner.

Intergenerational Report

The Treasury has weakened the entire public service's integrity.

SBS sacking is contestable

An industrial tribunal will care little for the broadcaster's political woes.

Discounting future lives

We can't afford to miscalculate the costs of runaway climate change.

A mockery of due process

Cormann needs to think more deeply about independence.

Are bureaucrats overpaid?

Time for a systemic review of the value of public servants' labour.

ACT's asbestos secrecy

The bizarre approach to telling people which houses may be toxic.

Ludicrous APS pay policy

Linking salaries to productivity at the agency level is bad economics.

Pied Piper of the boomers

Appraisals of Whitlam have been marred by narrow selectivity.

The art of delay

Governments can't put off policy decisions forever.

'Bully boss is killing me'

We put your workplace woes to an executive coach.

'Spy' who didn't shag me

Time to withdraw spurious claims against a brilliant public servant.

'Lost faith in my dept'

We put your workplace woes to an executive coach.

Bosses who hate their staff

How our lack of self-awareness hurts others and ourselves.

Risky, gung-ho policy

Bureaucrats should pay heed to Hippocrates: first, do no harm.