Ken Henry

Bad boss? Bureaucrats defend ‘bully’ Rudd

Nicola Roxon, health minister in the Rudd government, says her boss was abusive to public servants and dismissive of their work. Top officials at the time have a different recollection and Rudd says it wasn't his fault. Read More

The Killing Season: rise of the public servant PM

To everyday Australians, Kevin Rudd in 2007 was the prototypical image of a public servant: helpful, polite, across the detail of both policy and implementation. Sarah Ferguson's documentary on the Rudd/Gillard years begins with the familiar relationship between minister and secretary, but in extraordinary circumstances. Read More