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dc.contributor.authorTiernan, Anne-Mareeen_US
dc.contributor.authorWeller, Patricken_US
dc.contributor.editorLouis Coteen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T08:54:29Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T08:54:29Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.modified2010-10-20T06:58:30Z
dc.identifier.issn12033294en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/28077
dc.description.abstractIn November 2007, Australians elected a new federal government. Throughout the election campaign, Kevin Rudd's Labor Party emphasised its commitment to Westminster traditions of public service independence and neutrality. It promised that if elected, there would be no purge of senior public servants as had occurred when the government changed in 1996. Ministers would be expected to allow time to develop good working relationships with department and agency heads. Labor would remove performance pay and introduce a more rigorous and transparent appointments process, with five-year contracts for agency heads (Wong 2007). Public service traditionalists breathed a sigh of relief, hoping the challenges of the reform era would soon be past. But within months, Rudd, the first Australian Prime Minister with prior experience as a senior bureaucrat, a department head and a ministerial chief of staff, was encountering problems with the Australian Public Service (APS). Notwithstanding its generally positive attitude towards the APS, the incoming government seemed underwhelmed by its performance, particularly its ability to provide creative and innovative policy ideas. The bureaucracy seemed to be struggling to adjust to the new government's priorities and style. Embarrassing leaks and persistent complaints about workloads and the long hours required to meet the relentless demands of a prime minister dubbed 'Kevin 24/7' because of his ferocious work ethic, raised questions about public service loyalty and competence. Senior ministers, some with experience in earlier Labor governments, report the APS is much changed from the institution they had known little more than a decade earlier. One described it as 'a more cautious, less confident beast than it was when I was a minister before. I've been surprised and even shocked by their desire to please'. Many commentators, including the ALP, attribute this real or perceived change in the attitude and culture of the APS to its experience under the Howard Coalition government. Serious analysts appreciate that the Howard government continued and accelerated trends already evident in the relationship between ministers and their public service advisers. In this article we profile the history and practices of the link between the two and ask if the angst so often portrayed is well-based.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.languageFrenchen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherL'observatoire de l'administration publiqueen_US
dc.publisher.placeQuebecen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.enap.ca/OBSERVATOIRE/fr/telescope-menus.aspx?sortcode=1.16.18.18en_AU
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom35en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto49en_US
dc.relation.ispartofeditionHiveren_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalTelescopeen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume15en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Administrationen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160509en_US
dc.titleUn trop fort mouvement de balancier ou l'angoisse existenielle des hauts fonctionnaires Australiensen_US
dc.title.alternativeA Pendulum Too Far? Angst and Australian Senior Officialsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Business School, School of Government and International Relationsen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2009 L'observatoire de l'administration publique. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
gro.date.issued2009
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