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When the public service can't attract our best and brightest

Jack Waterford
By Jack Waterford
Updated June 5 2021 - 2:55am, first published June 4 2021 - 2:15am
Scott Morrison has rotten judgment when it comes to hiring people. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

There was a time when I thought that the best argument for Australia having a public service that could attract the best and brightest men and women was the need to have the best brains at the side of politicians while they worked together to make a better Australia. That's still a laudable goal, but it may be a task less urgent than having the most clever, practical and cunning to undo the damage done to the nation over the past 25 years, including systematic looting of the public purse over the past 10.

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Jack Waterford

Jack Waterford is a former editor of The Canberra Times.