Ongoing pay row shows bipartisan politicisation of the public service

By Andrew Podger
Updated November 15 2018 - 11:27pm, first published January 8 2017 - 11:42am

The ongoing public service pay dispute provides a prime example of ideology – on both sides – blocking rational policy debate: the wage bargaining policy itself is irrational and inappropriate; there is little appreciation on either side of politics of the importance of the Australian Public Service in our democracy and in our economy; and the recent Senate Inquiry into the policy demonstrated how far we still need to go for our Parliament to become the place for genuine policy deliberation.

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