Public service morale plummets as 12,000 ‘natural attrition’ target fizzles

By Julian Bajkowski The prospect of looming job cuts in the federal public service is dragging down morale and feeding into a climate of deep uncertainty over job security, unions and Canberra’s Labor politicians have warned. As the Coalition government sets about attempting to thin the ranks of the bureaucracy by 12,000 positions through ‘natural […]

Warning of one public service job an hour axed from Canberra

By Julian Bajkowski Commonwealth employees have been warned that one public service job an hour will be axed under the Coalition’s plans to reduce the size of the federal bureaucracy by 12,000 full time positions as unions and the Opposition tap into growing fears in agencies that forced redundancies will be needed to make up […]

Abbott says federal job cuts of 12,000 will be it

By Julian Bajkowski Opposition leader Tony Abbott has sought hose down rising fears that between 20,000 and 30,000 federal public service jobs will ultimately be axed in a repeat of Howard-era mass public service sackings in Canberra, taking to national radio on the ABC to pledge that only 12,000 jobs will go. Mr Abbott told […]

NICTA scores extra $42 million funding

By Julian Bajkowski The Rudd government has announced that cornerstone research and development body National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) will get a further $42 million in funding over 2015 to 2016 as Labor moves quickly to press home its perceived electoral advantage on technology and skills development. Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, […]

Fear of mass public service sackings grips Canberra campaign

By Julian Bajkowski Canberra may well be celebrating its Centenary this year, but locals are weighing the prospect of the public service designer city being partly depopulated. As the election looms, the threat of bulk federal redundancies under a Coalition government has again increased in value as prime political currency among voters there. Senator for […]

Canberra backs industry-led Cloud Code

By Julian Bajkowski The Rudd government’s new Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Senator Kate Lundy has publicly backed the creation of a new Cloud Consumer Protocol by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) for retail purchasers less than a week after formal guidance for government buyers was released by the Attorney General’s Department. Senator Lundy […]

Attorney General firmly spells out government cloud security policy

By Julian Bajkowski Federal Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC has drawn a firm line in the sand over how government buyers can adopt cloud computing solutions by stipulating a comprehensive set of security and risk assessments agencies must now adhere to before buying externally hosted computing and data storage capacity. The Attorney General late Friday released […]

Outermost Canberra suburb plugs into NBN

By Paul Hemsley Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy’s race to plug-in as many towns as possible to the National Broadband Network (NBN) before the election has continued unabashed, with newbie Canberra satellite city of Gungahlin the latest to see the fibre optic light. Gungahlin is among the earliest suburbs […]

Information Commissioner critical to Gov 2.0 agenda

By Angela Dorizas The newly established Information Commissioner will play a key role in the national Government 2.0 agenda, Senator Kate Lundy has said. In an address to the Government 2.0 Conference in Canberra on Wednesday, Senator Lundy said the Government was committed to openness, transparency and digital engagement. “The need for leadership, whether it’s political, structural […]

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