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Does institutional distrust matter? It does when it comes to the NDIS
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Does institutional distrust matter? It does when it comes to the NDIS

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Distrust of the disability services system is not new. It was a significant driver of change from the previous state-based system to the nationally consistent scheme that the National Disability Insurance Scheme aspires to be. Flavio Souza, Gordon Duff, and David Jonas surveyed 239 eligible NDIS participants and carers about the sources of their distrust of the NDIS and its impact on their choices.

Australian bipartisanship on climate change: the long haul

Australian bipartisanship on climate change: the long haul

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In Australia's history of climate change policy, there's been a few well-placed spoilers, backed by vested interests, who have thrown stones and kept good policy off the table. But there is a growing wave of public support for action. And at the end of the day, all pollies need that support to get re-elected. Scott Hamilton and Stuart Kells provide a timeline of Australia's acknowledgement of climate change.

How do public servants deal with the outside world: is there any truth to the stories we tell ourselves?

How do public servants deal with the outside world: is there any truth to the stories we tell ourselves?

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As an innovative, real-time exercise, IPAA Queensland polled over 400 public purpose workers at their recent annual forum. In a live session choreographed by Ben Schramm from the Cube Group, participants were posed a series of six statements about public purpose partnerships and asked to decide whether each proposition was a myth or a reality. Some of the answers were surprising.

Public servants tell harrowing tales of harassment after a mention in an FOI release. Their leaders want to shield them from the trolls, but anonymity comes with a price
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Public servants tell harrowing tales of harassment after a mention in an FOI release. Their leaders want to shield them from the trolls, but anonymity comes with a price

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The Australian government's guidelines for dealing with Freedom of Information requests help balance many of the competing interests that come with having a democratic, accountable government and a public right to know. But few are happy with the current arrangements and there's significant pressure on the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to adapt the guidelines for modern challenges.