Markus Mannheim edits The Public Sector Informant and writes regularly about government administration and policy.
Markus Mannheim About two in three Canberrans rejected the idea of self-government in the 1978 referendum. I suspect, against my better hopes, that, if we were formally asked today, most of us would again shy away...
Markus Mannheim The reasons people bully others, or feel that they are bullied, are as complex as people themselves. I doubt there are any universally effective ways to stop workplace harassment.
Markus Mannheim Commonwealth and military superannuants already receive pensions most other Australians can only dream of. Yet they demand continual improvements to their quality of life.
Markus Mannheim Our governments don’t like to discuss how they intend to ration healthcare, because they know how divisive the issue can be. Yet rationing takes place in most hospitals every day.
Markus Mannheim It's easy to fall into the nostalgia trap; pining for a way that we were never were. Yet today's parents are clearly far more risk-averse than the generation that raised them.
Markus Mannheim Americans proudly (some would say blindly) resist the ''intrusion'' of government in everyday life. They may take this distrust a little too far, but it's created a comparatively open government and...
Markus Mannheim It's a curious paradox: the tighter the government squeezes its belt, the more tempted is the bureaucracy to blow money as quickly as possible.
Markus Mannheim Government ministers and their flacks do much these days to ''control the public narrative''. They set the daily news agenda, sieve the information that enters the public domain, and, more than...
Markus Mannheim Hours - and specifically timesheets - aren't a great way to measure journalism. Nor are they much use in assessing the output of most other white-collar jobs.
Markus Mannheim The newspaper industry has many quirks that amuse me. One is that papers try to avoid naming their rivals.
Markus Mannheim Most people crave feedback about their work, and journalists are no different. We want readers to tell us if our news reports are wrong or if they lack context.
Markus Mannheim In truth, we've had a tough budget coming for a while. Canberrans lapped up the many perks that sprang from a decade of public service growth, much of it far more rapid than was sensible.
Markus Mannheim A scandal is apparently unfolding at The Canberra Hospital, where a senior official allegedly tampered with emergency department waiting-time data.
Markus Mannheim The secrets behind how Australia Day honours are selected will remain a mystery.
Markus Mannheim A disclosure: I'm guilty of receiving ''middle-class welfare'', that great slur of our times. My fellow taxpayers chip in to pay for half of my kids' childcare fees.
Markus Mannheim I get a little drunk with excitement at this time of year. This weekend, I'll be among more than 2000 Canberra blokes kicking off the men's soccer season, a moment I've waited for all summer.
Markus Mannheim The Immigration department is under investigation for breaching freedom of information law.
Markus Mannheim Three decades ago, a Victorian lefty, Labor MP Pete Steedman, rocked up to the House of Representatives wearing jeans and a leather jacket.
Markus Mannheim THE federal bureaucracy is poised to shed more than 1500 staff in coming months, most from Canberra, as it struggles to cope with spending cuts.
Markus Mannheim The public servants' professional association has damned 10 high-profile federal policies as failures, including the national broadband network and the school building scheme.