Merit-based staffing is under threat, but public service chiefs seem uninterested

By Paddy Gourley
Updated April 24 2018 - 12:41pm, first published February 5 2018 - 1:01am

When it comes to his responsibilities as nominal head of the public service, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's secretary, Martin Parkinson, seems, in some respects, to have his heart in the right place. He turns up at public service functions and makes encouraging comments. He has been a strong advocate for a fairer deal for women.

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