As a very young public servant Dennis Richardson handed out how-to-vote cards for the ALP.
Politics podcast: Dennis Richardson on telling it like it is.
Dennis Richardson was never afraid to tell ministers what he believed they should hear, and any grudges they had as a result they apparently got over very quickly.
The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million over four years for a range of measures.
The Conversation’s political experts react to the 2017-18 budget's key measures in the areas of welfare, foreign aid, defence spending and more.
Australia’s social security policy and service delivery system is not designed to put customer needs first.
The extent of Centrelink’s customer service delivery problems is legendary – and it's been getting worse in recent years.
We created a graphic to explain what's really going on when Centrelink says its wait time is under 16 minutes.
Rogers was a key figure in Brexit negotiations.
The lack of respect shown to a senior civil servant working hard to make Brexit work is troubling.
What’s in the Turnbull government’s first budget for cities, defence, social services, the ABC and more?
On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
Employment Minister and Minister for Women Michaelia Cash has released a new gender equality strategy for the public service.
Once a model employer for women, the APS is in danger of being left behind
An upbeat Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s finance minister (left) arrives to deliver his 2016 budget address to parliament in Cape Town.
Cutting the bloated public service wage bill, as the finance minister is doing, is critically important economically. But it is sure to be unpopular with the governing ANC's powerful labour allies.
Outgoing education department secretary Lisa Paul had been a departmental secretary since 2004.
The top of the public service is undergoing an extensive shake-up as a result of both the change of prime minister and personal decisions.
One of Tony Abbott’s first acts on coming to office was to remove Martin Parkinson (left) as Treasury secretary.
Debate, serious discussion and deliberation are valued highly in a democracy not just for their own sake, but because they are considered essential to testing the quality of ideas and arguments.
Martin Parkinson is expected to be announced as the new head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, replacing Michael Thawley.
The yet-to-be-announced appointment of former treasury secretary Martin Parkinson to head the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is a tale of justice restored, with a touch of Gilbert and Sullivan…
The secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Michael Thawley, wants the public service to open its doors to the outside world.
Michael Thawley, surprised at finding so many closed doors – requiring swipe cards – when he became secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, has now opened most of the internal ones…
There’s a huge role for universities to play beyond the ivory tower.
Evidence-based solutions to our systemic dilemmas won't be conjured out of thin air. Universities, governments and businesses all have to work together.
The Union Buildings in Pretoria, home to South Africa’s government. Public confidence in civil servants has been severely eroded.
Political factors have played a disproportionate role in decisions on the promotion, transfer and performance assessments of government officials.
When Treasurer Joe Hockey presents the budget next week it will be worth reviewing the language he and Prime Minister Tony Abbott use about government spending.
Despite the rhetoric that Australia needs to reign in government spending, we're actually out of step with other developed economies.
Corrupt police look a bit different these days.
Police in England and Wales have been told to review nearly 2,000 cases of alleged corruption after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found that no action had been taken in two-thirds of investigations…
Clive Palmer was totally opposed to the government’s “direct action” climate policy only a few months ago. Now he’s voting for it.
In a move that channels John Howard, Tony Abbott has put changing the GST on the political agenda, just over a year after assuring the public it would not be altered, “full stop, end of story”. In the…
In the 27 years since the Hawke government came up with a public service efficiency dividend, the evidence has mounted against it.
National Archives of Australia
Every now and again in public policy debates a consensus emerges on some particular point among policymakers, stakeholders and commentators. These moments are distressingly rare. It is even more distressing…
All for the love of the job?
A fifth of UK workers are employed in the public sector. Though public sector work is obvious crucial – schools, hospitals, police and so on – measuring performance can be a challenge as output is not…
Australia’s public service broadly lacks in a number of key areas that are necessary for the Abbott government’s vision of a small government to become a reality.
The 2014-15 federal budget, released by treasurer Joe Hockey earlier this week, set out a vision of government that is leaner, meaner and more efficient. It built on the Coalition’s “Smaller Government…