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Prime Minister

Can Drew Clarke restore the integrity of the PMO?

The changing role of the PMO could be a key factor in the inability of any prime minister since Howard to balance support and policy agenda. Former mandarins say the chief of staff is critical to effective use of the public service and Drew Clarke could restore trust and relationships. Read More

McCarthy’s new challenge: from centre of national security to aged care policy

Margot McCarthy National security is a pretty big deal for the Abbott government, but the prime minister's department will be doing without one of its top experts in the field from now on as she takes charge of aged care policy. Former National Security Adviser Margot McCarthy, whose title changed to associate secretary shortly after the Coalition won the 2013 election, has now taken a slight demotion to deputy secretary at the Department of Social Services. Read More