George Brandis and the temptations of political patronage

By Paddy Gourley
Updated April 23 2018 - 11:13pm, first published May 1 2015 - 11:12am

When asked, ministers usually say they want public servants to dish up hot and strong advice. "Tell us what you think we should be doing in the public interest – that's what we need and we can take it without harbouring nasty thoughts about those of you who tell us discomforting things," they reckon.