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The Mandarin Jobwatch: last chance to be Qld’s council go-between

The Mandarin's Jobwatch is back. If you'd like to be a deputy departmental head in Queensland responsible for local government, that ship is set to sail this Friday. On the other side of that coin, Brisbane City needs a new CIO, and it's a big city. Victoria needs a new surveyor-general, and Sydney's new police watchdog needs a chief. Read More

Innovating a safer future for Australia

Queensland public safety agencies joined Motorola Solutions for a hackathon exploring consumer tech that might be "mission critical" too. Ensuring reliability in the public safety environment can be complicated, writes Steve Crutchfield. Read More

Katarina Carroll: bringing QFES into the 21st century

Katarina Carroll led the largest peacetime security operation in Australia's history, a success she attributes to "relationships, relationships, relationships". Now she's in charge of overhauling the troubled Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. She spoke to The Mandarin. Read More

Premiers plead Turnbull for metro rail money

Two Labor premiers have gotten in early on the prime ministerial changeover, expressing hope this morning that the change of leadership in Canberra would lead to a new approach to funding state public transport projects. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who came to office on a promise to rid Melbourne of the previous government's controversial East-West Link road tunnel, announced that a significant investment by the Commonwealth in the state's public transport system would be "fair and reasonable". Although the Commonwealth was prepared to contribute $3 billion to East West Link, Abbott was antipathetic to federal funding for city public transport, arguing that the Commonwealth had "no history of funding urban rail". Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also signaled a willingness to work with Turnbull to increase funding. Citing Turnbull's well-known penchant for catching public transport -- and tweeting about it -- Palaszczuk stated, "I want Mr Turnbull to now help fund public transport in Queensland." Read More

Queensland gets a new corruption commissioner

After years of turmoil, Queensland finally has a corruption commissioner with bipartisan support. The Opposition says Labor used a sneaky trick to get the appointment approved, but agrees it's a good choice of candidate. Read More