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Perverse perk: The 'dud' executives paid to quit
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Analysis

Perverse perk: The 'dud' executives paid to quit

Many of the bureaucracy's leaders seem to expect a golden handshake upon their departure.

  • by Markus Mannheim

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Will the High Court gag public servants?
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Opinion

Will the High Court gag public servants?

We'll soon know whether sacking bureaucrats over their expression of political views is constitutional.

  • by Kieran Pender
Alison Harcourt, the almost-forgotten genius
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Alison Harcourt, the almost-forgotten genius

This remarkable woman's impact on Australian society almost went unnoticed.

  • by Markus Mannheim
Telegraph boy to brilliant bureaucrat
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Opinion

Telegraph boy to brilliant bureaucrat

Sir William Cole, 1926 to 2019, was among Australia's greatest public servants.

  • by Paddy Gourley
Panicking over an employee's past
Opinion
Opinion

Panicking over an employee's past

A labour-hire firm that works for the APS provides a perfect example of how not to sack a recruit.

  • by John Wilson
The expenses lapdog or watchdog?
Opinion
Opinion

The expenses lapdog or watchdog?

The public doesn't necessarily see politicians' travel spending as evidence of greed.

  • by Richard Mulgan
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Russia's shoe on the other foot
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Opinion

Russia's shoe on the other foot

The long-downtrodden motherland has gained some hints of Western decadence, but little of its liberty.

  • by Mark Thomas
Catching mice with privatised cats
Opinion
Opinion

Catching mice with privatised cats

We'll solve no social problems by whittling away at the government's role in providing services.

  • by John Falzon
Super diagnosis over-egged, but prescription has merit
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Opinion

Super diagnosis over-egged, but prescription has merit

Our system has become so expensive and complicated that a government-run fund is warranted.

  • by Andrew Podger
We need generational change on retirement incomes
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Opinion

We need generational change on retirement incomes

Most retirees are better off than we previously thought. Public policy should reflect this.

  • by John Daley & Brendan Coates
Climbing the public service pay ladder
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Climbing the public service pay ladder

Switch jobs and earn thousands of dollars for nothing! How the bureaucracy's bizarre pay puzzle works.

  • by Markus Mannheim