The relationship between politics and administration has been likened to the Chinese yin and yang: a dichotomy of almost opposites but, simultaneously, a complementary partnership in which neither can survive without the other. The new Morrison government must understand this challenge as it sets out what it expects from the Australian Public Service.
The Prime Minister told departmental heads last month he deeply respects the public service’s work “in delivering on the agenda of a government”: “In every portfolio that I have worked in … that is always the relationship that I’ve had – to set out clearly where we are going and to have the strong expectation that would be delivered, and that has been my experience.”
SOURCE: Andrew Podger. “Public Sector Informant: Does separating service from policy work?” The Canberra Times, JUNE 4 2019.
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