Opinion

New Grattan report reveals cost when governments choose mates over merit for public appointments

By Kate Griffiths, Anika Stobart, Danielle Wood
Updated July 18 2022 - 12:16am, first published July 17 2022 - 11:22pm
The signs are that mateship is prevailing over merit. Picture: Shutterstock

Handing out a cushy job to a political mate might seem harmless - after all, everyone does it, right? - but the politicisation of public appointments has real, pervasive consequences for Australian democracy.

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