Author: Verona Burgess

More former mandarins put the squeeze on the Thodey review

Two former public service commissioners walk into a bar. Well, not a bar, but a Canberra restaurant. There, a number of distinguished former mandarins and other assorted lunch companions unanimously delegate them to respond to the Thodey review’s interim report... The latest from Verona Burgess. Read More

Finalised APS Review must be a ‘strategic masterpiece’ to survive whichever party wins government

If there is a change of government, the questions are, would Labor continue the review, abandon it, or reconstitute it, and where would it lead in terms of policy and legislation? These are questions that the federal opposition isn’t yet in any real position to answer, other than taking a sensible ‘interested observer’ stance. Much might depend on what they find if and when they get into the departments and look at the books. Read More

Handling the ‘pariah’ policy of climate change

Many agencies integrate disaster and climate “resilience” into their policies, programs and asset management. But that doesn’t mean Australia is any closer to deciding on let alone committing to a long-term policy for handling climate change, says Verona Burgess. Read More