History suggests the new NZ government’s pledge to cut budgets and jobs in the public sector will cost more in the long run – and damage morale in the process.
An inquiry found the Home Affairs secretary used his position for personal advantage, gossiped disrespectfully about ministers, broke confidentiality and didn’t disclose a conflict of interest.
Having interviewed advisers to past and present prime ministers in Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, my new research shows how crucial it is to recruit and train staff – before an election.
There are formidable obstacles to changing a culture of outsourcing billions of dollars worth of decisions to the private sector. Here’s how to start getting back the public service we deserve.
Using internal expertise instead of external consultants could save businesses money and avert potential conflicts of interest.
There’s little doubt the extent of the use of consultants and contractors has gone too far in recent years.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, in a wheelchair as she returns to the Senate after a more than two-month absence, May 10, 2023.
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Physical ailments and deteriorated health may be the one area in which politicians can escape scrutiny.
Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) stand at a picket line outside Place du Portage in Gatineau, Que., on April 28, 2023.
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Will an increase in wages make federal government workers happier and more efficient while dealing with the public on taxation, public safety and a multitude of other daily and often frustrating issues?
Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada picket outside a Service Canada office in Canmore, Alta., in April 2023. More than 150,000 federal public-service workers are on strike across the country after talks with the government failed. Remote work is a negotiation issue.
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COVID-19 transformed the workforce, including in the public sector. A complete reversal to pre-pandemic work models is unlikely, but there’s lots at stake as employers contemplate the future of work.
The sacking of senior public servant Rob Campbell and questions about the neutrality of others are a reminder of the line between robust policy debate and perceived partisanship.
Former President Jimmy Carter has decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care.
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A media scholar who studied Carter and interviewed him explains how he attempted to translate Jesus’ teachings into action through his life of public service.
Richard Boyle outside the Adelaide Magistrates Court in July 2019.
Labor is committed to changing the law for the better. Here’s what needs doing
Can one department adequately tackle climate change, energy, the environment and water? It’s unlikely.
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Many reviews over the years have revealed the efficiency dividend often does impact the level and quality of services, particularly for smaller agencies and particularly over time.
Mike Mrdak and Jenny Wilkinson.
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With a change of government a real prospect according to the opinion polls, public servants are starting to gossip about what an Albanese administration would mean for them. For Canberra’s bureaucrats…
Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to supporters after the second round of presidential elections in Kyiv, Ukraine, in April 2019.
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During Ukraine’s darkest hours, Volodymyr Zelensky has shown himself to be a man for the people, of the people — not just in rhetoric, but more importantly, in action.
Traditional media, particularly print, are in decline as audiences move online.
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Today’s journalism students are less likely to find full-time jobs as professional journalists. The craft has become ‘post-industrial’, entrepreneurial and atypical.
New data show bullying is widespread in the public service, with many reluctant to report it. There are several key ways to change this.
As governments depend on multinational consulting firms not just for advice on COVID-19 but for core policy-making functions, we should question the extent to which such partnerships have really augmented government capacities — or hollowed them out.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, governments in Canada have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on outside consulting firms like McKinsey, Deloitte and EY with almost no public oversight.
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But media coverage misses the nuances of the role. This is what we found when we spoke to them.