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19 Sep 2017

Malcolm Turnbull was interviewed late last month on the ABC’s flagship news current affairs program, 7.30. It wasn’t pretty viewing. Turnbull responded to host Leigh Sales’ interrogation through gritted teeth. He tetchily accused her of being “negative”: of only wanting “to talk about politics...

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07 Sep 2012

Have you ever considered a political career? If not, you are in the majority. Who takes this path and why asks James Walter in the Australian Review of Public Affairs.

Most of us never seriously consider this option. What is the catalyst of...

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16 Oct 2007

IN HIS 1960s classic, The Lucky Country, Donald Horne characterised Robert Menzies, then at the fag end of his record-breaking post-war incumbency, as a prime minister becalmed - the tide of events was running away from him. Horne’s Menzies was a foreigner in his own kingdom as...

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02 Oct 2007

Four key concerns must be addressed to protect the integrity of the service, according to JAMES WALTER and PAUL STRANGIO.

THE Australian Public Service has a proud record. In the mid-1980s A.F. Davies observed an organisation engaged in “steady, cautious and constant...

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25 Sep 2007

What will be the legacy of the Howard years, ask JAMES WALTER and PAUL STRANGIO in this extract from their new book, No, Prime Minister:...

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24 Apr 2006

James Walter reviews how the role of ministerial advisors in Australia has evolved to their current status as ‘political hitmen’. The lack of adequate accountability measures for ministerial advisers has contributed to the concentration of power in the government, the narrowing of the scope of...

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