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Should public servants be courtiers or stewards?

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated May 28 2021 - 8:48pm, first published 5:19am
Prime Minister & Cabinet secretary Phil Gaetjens at Senate estimates in March. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Phil Gaetjens, former Treasury official, former boss of Scott Morrison's private office and now head of the Prime Minister's Department, is an unusual public servant who seems to have accepted it as his lot that he is never going to be regarded as any sort of detached public servant independent of the government of the day.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.

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