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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PEOPLEDavid Tune, John Conde, Tim Wilson
DEPARTMENTSDepartment of Finance, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Human Rights Commission
TAGS Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Finance, Ethics, David Tune, accountability, Integrity, parliamentary entitlements, John Conde, Bronwyn Bishop, Minchin protocol, travel expenses
Bronwyn Bishop may have the last laugh at the expense of senior public servants she once terrorised over use of taxpayer’s money. The entitlements review announced on the weekend will look at bringing statutory officials into the same system with independent oversight of their travel and personal expenses.
It’s been one rule for public officials and another for politicians, but not for much longer.
Departmental secretaries, heads of federal agencies, commissioners, members of government advisory bodies, judges and other statutory positions have been caught up in the review of parliamentary entitlements, with the committee asked to consider whether they should have the same independent scrutiny and disclosure the public expect for politicians.
Former federal Department of Finance secretary David Tune and current Remuneration Tribunal president John Conde will co-chair a committee to develop and propose models for an independent parliamentary entitlements system.
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Harley Dennett is editor at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's held communications roles in the New South Wales public sector and Defence, and reported for titles including Crikey and the Star Observer.
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