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Covid bungles show need to end contractor secrecy

By Richard Mulgan
Updated June 3 2021 - 1:57am, first published June 2 2021 - 2:00pm
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

The government's budget increases to staffing in the Australia Public Service are welcome. So too are the remarks of Finance Minister Simon Birmingham that the APS is a "partner in policy development" and that, in certain areas, the use of ongoing staff is more efficient and effective than reliance on contractors. But any suggestion that the continuing incorporation of contractors into the core structures of government is being reversed, or even slowed, would be premature.

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