Afternoon Media – Tuesday 10 December 2019

The Mandarin, Other, 10/12/2019, editor

A federal department secretary has contradicted Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s claim that his dramatic and decisive changes to the Australian Public Service are “consistent entirely with the thrust of the Thodey Review” in a rare example of a top mandarin backgrounding the media.

A lot of public servants at all levels have taken the time to participate in the extended process, since it began in May 2018, and it will be quite a task to convince them it wasn’t all for nothing. The response is expected to include “a further cull of government agencies and boards” and outline how many millions Morrison plans to invest in the digital transformation of service delivery, The Age reports. The cost was conspicuously absent from a big update on the progress of digital transformation, the development of new data-sharing legislation, and service delivery reform from Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert.

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