If public servants have nothing to hide, why the secrecy over gifts?

By Richard Mulgan
Updated April 24 2018 - 10:54pm, first published March 30 2018 - 4:30pm

The Canberra Times recently reported on the range of gifts regularly received by government agencies and Australian Public Service staff. Drawing on information disclosed under freedom of information law, the articles listed an extensive array of gifts and hospitality from outside organisations, including tablet computers, bottles of champagne and other expensive wines, and tickets to sporting events.

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