Is the Australian Public Service competent? Lessons from #CensusFail

Two former top mandarins and one of Australia’s leading academics on government weighed into the lessons of #CensusFail in the latest episode of The Policy Shop out this week.

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor and former top Queensland public servant Professor Glyn Davis explores whether the Census embarrassment was a one-off or part of a pattern in the public service.

Davis’ guests were former secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and now Centre for Policy Development chair Terry Moran, and the founding director of the Melbourne School of Government Professor Helen Sullivan, who will soon take the reins at the Crawford School for Public Policy.

Who got us here, politicians or the mandarins?

Moran puts the blame squarely on the politicians:

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