Ex-APS secretary sacked by Scott Morrison, Renee Leon, says sackings sent a 'clear message' about frank advice

Harley Dennett
By Harley Dennett
Updated June 29 2022 - 12:37am, first published June 24 2022 - 1:45am
Former Department of Human Services secretary Renee Leon. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Federal public servants have been too frequently having to draw on courage to stand firm in their advice to ministers, a Canberra forum of top bureaucrats has heard.

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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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