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Articles about the public sector include discussiono on the role of the public sector, public service cuts, and the relationship between the public sector and governments.

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Review of Queensland public employment laws

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has released (4.3.20) a report on Queensland's public employment laws, A Fair and Responsive Public Service ... More »

The overhauled public service may be more efficient, but at what cost to good government?

Markus Mannheim comments for the ABC (6.12.19) on the Prime Minister's announced restructuring of the Australian public service, which will see the... More »

Thousands of public sector misconduct and performance issues reported

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (9.1.18) on the release of State public sector data showing incidences of misconduct and p... More »

Does government get the right advice?

Speaking to Professor Glyn Davis for the University of Melbourne's 'Policy Shop' podcasts, Dr Martin Parkinson, Secretary of the Departme... More »

Trust crisis: can a big government still act local and involve citizens?

Stephen Easton writes in The Mandarin (27.11.17): 'To earn back public trust, perhaps the "policy elite" need to get over themselves. Big ... More »

A New Approach to Competition Policy: Optimisation as the Primary Goal

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Murray B. Stanley, provides a detailed commentary on competition policy and how it might be better framed to... More »

Queensland public sector spends $193 million on advertising in 3 years

Felicity Caldwell reports in the Brisbane Times (30.5.17) on a Queensland Ausitor-General's report into recent government advertising, whi... More »

Decentralisation policy costly and could impose unintended consequences: Productivity Commission

The ABC's Peter Ryan reports (21.4.17) on the federal government's push, led by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, to relocate some public servic... More »

Not-for-profits must adapt as one arm of government’s ‘three-sector solutions’

John R. Butcher writes in The Conversation (24.3.17) that governments have come to realise that no one sector acting alone has the ca... More »

Queensland's former LNP government used 'pain ranking' to help decide environment budget cuts

The ABC's Mark Willacy and Alexandra Blucher report (14.2.17) on revelations that senior figures in the former Newman government were briefed on pl... More »

Rail inquiry: Minister quits after QR report condemns 'complex and ineffective' management

The ABC's Chris O'Brien and Leonie Mellor report (6.2.17) on the fallout from the inquiry into Queensland Rail's train service failures, which have... More »

Reforming the public sector for a more equal society

Policy Online carries a link (5.12.16) to a collection of Australian Fabians research essays which, collectively, argue that reforming the... More »

'Parting Reflections' on the role of the public service

On his retirement as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affiars and Trade, Peter Varghese AO considers the role of the public service, and the ... More »

Shifting the reform focus: confronting the 'no-go' zone of politics

Professor Anne Tiernan's address to the 2016 Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) Conference in which she writes: 

'An expert, pr... More »

How to overcome political myopia

Jonathan Boston, Professor of Public Policy at the Victoria University of Wellington's School of Government, writes a post at the Statecra... More »

Portfolios, Departments and Agencies: Tinkering with the Machinery-of-Government Map

A journal article by TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, Roger Wettenhall, reviews some recent interesting innovations in Australia in the ... More »

Australia's top public servant warns of 'lethal mix of arrogance and ignorance'

Henry Belot reports in the Canberra Times (19.4.16) on comments from the head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Martin P... More »

Queensland public service numbers continue to increase

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (14.4.16) on the release of public sector data which reveal the modest growth in public service... More »

Bringing the QFES into the 21st century

Katarina Carroll led the largest peacetime security operation in Australia's history, a success she attributes to "relationships, relationships, re... More »

Palaszczuk Government - the first three months

The Palaszczuk Government's report (May 2015) on its first three months in office.

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A Guide to the 'Machinery of Government'

Bridgman explains the implications of 'MoG' decisions in  Shaping Government: a Guide to Machinery of Government in Queensland the issues faci... More »

The role of policy officers

Peter Bridgman discusses the difficulties faced by policy officers, expected to provide 'frank and fearless' advice and argues there are two m... More »

Government initiates 26 policy reviews

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (17.3.15) that the government has announced the following review... More »

Digging up the facts about the Executive Building

Madonna King discusses the future of the Executive Building (Brisbane Times, 12.3.15), concluding:

'It's not unknown for older bui... More »

Labor hopes to save Executive Building

Amy Remeikis (Brisbane Times, 9.3.15) discusses the new government's wish to save the Executive Building and avoid moving into the 'monoli... More »


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