'Decent duffers': the dud public servants of 100 years ago

By Noel Towell
Updated April 23 2018 - 8:15pm, first published January 16 2015 - 4:44pm

The struggle to rid the Australian Public Service of the "incubus" of incompetent or overpaid bureaucrats has been raging for 100 years, with little success, historic documents from the National Archives reveal.

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