Tight controls on public service size are sure to stick around

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
Updated June 18 2021 - 12:19am, first published May 12 2021 - 2:30pm
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham says the portfolio-level staffing caps will remain. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Selectively lifting the staffing cap in some public administration portfolios has not changed this government's fundamentals around the public service.


Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett

Senior Political Reporter

I'm the federal politics bureau chief for the Canberra Times, via a career that's taken me from rural Victoria to Washington DC. Telling the stories of my local LGBTI community brought me to political journalism, where I've covered seven federal budgets, four national elections in two countries, Defence, public service and international governance.

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