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19 Apr 2016

Australia's most senior public servant has criticised a failure of leadership within key departments and warned against "a lethal mix of arrogance and ignorance" capable of plaguing public policy. 

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary, Martin Parkinson, believes a wholesale...

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28 Apr 2015

The area most obviously in need of reform in Australia today is retirement income. From claims about unfair superannuation tax concessions, to assertions pensioners are living in poverty, and moves to restrict future growth in pension payments, the issue of what to do about ageing is as...

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27 Apr 2011

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Chris Bowen is sending a message to News Ltd that the media giant can call the shots, at least until ABC listeners complain, writes Jack Waterford in the Canberra Times

WE ARE back in the business of sending messages about...

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05 Nov 2010

Union influence on ALP policy is too weak to prevent spending cuts like those in Europe, write Rick Kuhn and Tom Bramble in the Public Sector Informant

CONSERVATIVE governments around the world are taking aim at their employees. They are...

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11 Sep 2009

NOT LONG AGO, the Productivity Commission released its final report on a very vexed question. The question was, should the provisions of the Copyright Act, which currently prevent overseas editions of Australian-published works from being imported into Australia, be repealed? These provisions,...

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09 Sep 2009

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Australia's most powerful bureaucrat will turn to the private sector to improve the public service, but that won't solve his problems, writes Jack Waterford in the Canberra Times

IT'S VERY UNLIKELY anyone will be much surprised by...

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02 Sep 2009

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The Preventive Health Taskforce's advice is entirely predictable, writes Jack Waterford in the Canberra Times

HEALTH MINISTER Nicola Roxon was spoiling us yesterday. On a normal day she issues only one attractively presented major...

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20 Aug 2009

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Steps toward the middle ground could compromise the emissions trading scheme, writes John Warhurst in the Canberra Times

 

THE FAILURE so far of the Rudd government's emissions trading scheme legislation is a political case...

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05 Aug 2009

THERE ARE long-established laws in place to prevent foreign investments that are against the Australia national interest. Why then should we continue to allow foreign individuals and organisations to have an unrestricted ability to influence one of the country's most important institutions – our...

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28 Jul 2009

AT THIS WEEK’S RELEASE of the final report from the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commsiion, the Prime Minister made no commitments about his government’s response to the report’s recommendations about a federal takeover of health services. For the time being his reaction to this proposal...

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