How the “cult of consultants” usurped the public service

For years MB has lamented how Australia’s public service has been stripped raw by decades of government outsourcing, waves of senior redundancies, and a preference for governments to seek advice from paid consultants.

The end result is that the “frank and fearless advice” that the public service was once renowned for has vanished, replaced by spin and purchased analysis designed to support a pre-conceived political agenda.

Last year, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull backed our view, claiming that Australia’s public service was no longer able to function effectively after being stripped bare by years of outsourcing:

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