Michael Thawley: the delicate dance awaiting Prime Minister and Cabinet's new secretary

By Richard Mulgan
Updated April 23 2018 - 11:06pm, first published November 29 2014 - 9:06pm

Ian Watt's departure as secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and his replacement by Ian Thawley mark the end of the Abbott government's first full year in office. What conclusions can we draw about its approach to senior appointments in the Australian Public Service?

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