APS redundancies flow as staff turnover stalls

By Julian Bajkowski  The Abbott government’s promise that its cull of 12,000 positions from the federal public service will only come through ‘natural attrition’ is coming even further unstuck after the Department of Agriculture told staff it wants 220 voluntary redundancies. An all staff email from Agriculture Department secretary, Paul Grimes, candidly admits that “natural […]

Queensland mounts wild dogs hunt

By Paul Hemsley The Queensland government has mounted an all-out assault on wild dogs ravaging regional areas by giving just over $700,000 in funding to local councils and Agforce to better control their numbers by baiting, trapping and euthanising the feral hounds. Wild dogs have been a substantial problem for rural areas because of the […]

Library cuts lend nothing

By Sue McKerracher* Try closing a public library and you’ll have the local community take to the streets in support of this highly valued community service. Just because a government department library is less visible, doesn’t mean it is any less valued by the people who use it, but when the fiscal situation is tight, […]


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