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'I wouldn't play ball': Department of Planning manager sacked
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ICAC

'I wouldn't play ball': Department of Planning manager sacked

Rebecca Connor, who repeatedly reported serious corruption allegations linked to Hunter mine titles in 2017, including mining industry payments to a department employee’s personal credit card, was sacked in May.

  • by Joanne McCarthy

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Safety or 'double-edged sword'? ATO mobile panic button raises concern

Safety or 'double-edged sword'? ATO mobile panic button raises concern

The Tax Office's plan to let public servants install duress buttons on their phones should heed experiences overseas, an expert says.

  • by Doug Dingwall
IT contractors shown the door en masse at Home Affairs

IT contractors shown the door en masse at Home Affairs

The department is close-lipped about how many contractors have been shown the door, but it could be as high as 300.

  • by Sally Whyte
Home Affairs, Crime Commission flag suppression for audits
Secrecy

Home Affairs, Crime Commission flag suppression for audits

The national auditor has revealed which agencies have warned they could seek to black out parts of his reports.

  • by Doug Dingwall & Sally Whyte
Perfect storm: Housing affordability crisis hits ACT disability sector
Affordable housing

Perfect storm: Housing affordability crisis hits ACT disability sector

The ACT's new housing affordability strategy promises to make renting more accessible for people with disabilities - and it can't come soon enough.

  • by Sherryn Groch
Greens to push for release of Centrelink outsourcing report
Centrelink

Greens to push for release of Centrelink outsourcing report

The government has so far refused to release the report which it says shows contractors answer more Centrelink calls than public servants.

  • by Sally Whyte
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In their own words: Centrelink staff reveal contractor woes
Centrelink

In their own words: Centrelink staff reveal contractor woes

This time the union has a report on contractors in the public service, but unlike the government's, this one isn't being kept secret.

  • by Sally Whyte
Hot-desking could arrive at another Tax Office building as union fumes

Hot-desking could arrive at another Tax Office building as union fumes

More than 1200 tax officials will have their floor-space slashed by one-third to 14,000 square metres under the project.

  • by Doug Dingwall
Attorney-General argues limits to public servant free speech justified
High Court of Australia

Attorney-General argues limits to public servant free speech justified

Bureaucrats should keep their political views private in the interests of responsible government, the government has told judges.

  • by Doug Dingwall
Industry staff vote down determination, set for election bargaining

Industry staff vote down determination, set for election bargaining

It was a close vote, but staff voted against a secretary's determination on their pay.

  • by Sally Whyte
Thodey wants 'big bold ideas' for APS review
David Thodey

Thodey wants 'big bold ideas' for APS review

The chair of the APS review said he is aware of the 'grave danger' of his review gathering dust on a bookshelf if he is unsuccessful.

  • by Sally Whyte