Most watchers of government might have suspected that restructures and redundancies were used to quietly get rid of the worst performers. Some have se
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The government will replace Stephen Sedgwick as public sector chief after he announced his retirement on Friday. A former commissioner says the independence of the role is important.
The federal government has confirmed it will replace Stephen Sedgwick as the Commonwealth’s public sector commissioner, rejecting calls to axe the agency and subsume responsibilities into other departments.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Friday Sedgwick will finish his term as head of the Australian Public Service Commission on December 13. It’s unclear if he was seeking a new term.
The government’s Commission of Audit recommended the office of the commissioner be relocated to the Department of Employment, with the departmental secretary to take on the responsibilities. But a spokesperson for Employment Minister Eric Abetz told The Mandarin today: “The Commission of Audit recommendation was a report to government rather than a report of government.
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Jason Whittaker is managing editor of The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He has written for and edited political, business and culture publications for a decade. He spent two years as editor of sister Private Media publication Crikey.
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Most watchers of government might have suspected that restructures and redundancies were used to quietly get rid of the worst performers. Some have seen it first hand. Now, it's official.