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Commissioner: Public Service does not have a monopoly on advice to government

by Cameron Sinclair •
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The Australian Public Service Commissioner Peter Woolcott has rejected the implication that the public service is becoming increasingly politicised, responding by noting the biggest change he has observed in his 40 years in the APS is that it no longer has ‘monopoly on advice’ to government.

The former diplomat and Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was addressing a webinar to mark the Parliamentary tabling of the ‘State of the Service’ Report 2020–21.

He stated that Ministers receive advice from many sources, including researchers, campaigners and media, and emphasised that APS advice must reflect a ‘Whole of Government’ view and be grounded in data.

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