A recent survey reveals a general uneasiness about using French among both francophone and anglophone public servants in administrative regions where bilingualism is required.
In ancient Athens, the richest people paid taxes to support what the residents considered the salvation of the city. These taxes earned them social and political clout more valuable than money.
Broadcasters have a duty to inform the public and hold politicians to account. This mission is more important now than ever before.
A strong ICAC – unlike the body the federal government is proposing – would have had the power to properly and impartially investigate the "sports rorts" affair.
While the long-awaited Thodey Report makes many sensible recommendations, the detail is often missing and the analysis weak. And the government's response rules out key reforms.
A proposal to ensure changes to the machinery of government “are well planned and evaluated” received short shrift.
Morrison said the shrinking of the number of departments was “to ensure the services that Australians rely on are delivered more efficiently and effectively”.
The former public service commissioner said the relationship between ministers and the Australian public service has transformed from a partnership to one more like “master-servant”.
Ahead of the formal receipt of the Thodey report on the public service, Morrison stresses the service must be responsive to both its ministers and the “quiet Australians”.
Michelle Grattan reviews another busy week in federal politics, and take a look at the prime minister's major speech on Monday on the public service.
On the ‘creeping crisis’ in the public service.
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A timely study of the public service, titled Today's problems, Yesterday's toolkit discusses the ‘creeping crisis’ of effectiveness and legitimacy the Australian public service is facing.
Our new research shows that public servants are eager to become innovative public problem solvers, but their leaders are standing in their way.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Geoff Crisp speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
The public service is a soft target, and Scott Morrison has already had it in his sights, telling it to remember the old adage – that it is on tap and the government is on top.
The decision confirms the steady march of employer control over workers' private views and activities, supported by courts and tribunals over many years.
The shutdown poses a very real threat to preparedness for future emergencies, such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks.
The current government shutdown is now the longest in American history, affecting about 800,000 federal employees.
The vast majority of managers said they wanted "the best person for the job". They had less idea of just who that might be, or how to ensure appointments on merit and equity targets co-exist.
The issue is not that a person has served “up the Hill” - something seen as desirable all round - but how long they've been there and how strongly identified they've become with one side of politics.
Lloyd, who was appointed commissioner by the Abbott government, had been subject to a complaint that he breached the Public Service Code of Conduct.