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Public Sector Informant: Long task ahead for new Labor government in contractor, consultants overhaul

By Paddy Gourley
June 6 2022 - 7:00pm
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

No governments in Australia have relied on their public services to provide the entirety of their policy advice and administration. From its earliest days, for example, the postal service engaged private providers in rural areas where it was not feasible to have government-staffed post offices. And while the public service should be the principal policy adviser to governments, there has always been scope for other opinions. The trick for governments is to know how to get a balance in sources of support that promotes a capable public service.

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