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The public service and caretaker government

Elections are periods of intense emotion and elevated temptation. The stakes are high and the political process is highly charged. The government will want to maximise the benefits that come from incumbency and the opposition (and MPs generally) will want to extract all they can from the extra authority that comes their way in an election. Read More

Public servants’ comments on social media rules go missing

Social media rules for public servants are entirely reasonable and simple to understand, if you ask agency leaders or public service commissioners like the Australian Public Service workforce chief John Lloyd. But if you ask rank-and-file employees, as Lloyd's agency did one year ago, you will hear from many they are a bit too strict. Read More