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Public service's growing addiction to security vetting
Opinion
Opinion

Public service's growing addiction to security vetting

The cause of this costly mess is senior bureaucrats' risk-aversion and laziness.

  • by The Canberra Times

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The expenses lapdog or watchdog?
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Opinion

The expenses lapdog or watchdog?

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

  • by Richard Mulgan
Defence contractor Thales denies contempt claims
Public service

Defence contractor Thales denies contempt claims

A military business that tried to censor a government report argues it did not breach parliamentary privilege.

  • by Sally Whyte & Markus Mannheim
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
Gagged: A brazen attack on Parliament and the public interest
Opinion
Opinion

Gagged: A brazen attack on Parliament and the public interest

The Attorney-General has diminished himself by censoring the government's most important watchdog.

  • by Richard Mulgan
Two agencies have flagged blocking content in audit reports
Public service

Two agencies have flagged blocking content in audit reports

Despite this, the auditor-general said he isn't concerned about a breakout of requests for redactions from audit reports.

  • by Sally Whyte
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The identity of one of Victoria's worst child sex offenders revealed
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The identity of one of Victoria's worst child sex offenders revealed

A court-issued suppression order hid the identity of a former police officer convicted of horrendous crimes against children, but today that order was lifted.

  • by Tammy Mills & Farrah Tomazin
Resisting the lure of government secrecy
Opinion
Opinion

Resisting the lure of government secrecy

When deciding whether to open or close the gates of government information, bureaucrats' instincts are usually off.

  • by The Canberra Times
Labor's botched document drop gives cover to a monumental cover-up
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Labor's botched document drop gives cover to a monumental cover-up

The document dump gives a fine-grained insight how governments set about covering up their embarrassing decisions. And it's not pretty.

  • by Royce Millar & Chris Vedelago
Readers respond: What is your experience of secretive government

Readers respond: What is your experience of secretive government

The Age's series on the Secret State yielded hundreds of your stories and comments. Here are a few.

The Andrews government and the art of dodging the question

The Andrews government and the art of dodging the question

Hundreds of unanswered questions from the parliament, from the opposition and from journalists. Just another day in Spring Street.

  • by Farrah Tomazin & Tammy Mills