The paranoia that will 'shut' government

The Canberra Times kindly published an article of mine in the Public Sector Informant magazine. The informant itself is not available on line so I've provided it in pdf below.


You sometimes hear people complain about how the press alters the what they say and that the intended meaning gets lost.The editor of the Informant Markus Mannheim was fantastic to deal with and made some tweaks that really added value. Thanks Markus.


The paranoia that will shut government

I grappled with a few issues with this piece. Especially the fact that on the one hand there is good 'stuff' going on, but on the other it is no secret that all is far from well within APS agencies.

I painted on a large canvass with this piece. Open government, politicians, the community and the public service. I hope you find it useful. You can get the html version from the Canberra Times by typing Steve Davies in the search box, I just like the layout and graphic in the pdf version. Slingshots, arrows and axes raised big a smile.

I noticed this morning that it has been picked up on a few newspapers sites. Here's the list:

Sydney Morning Herald

Brisbane times

The Age


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Comment by simonfj on March 25, 2012 at 6:39am

It's funny. I feel like scraping this page, and putting it up under the header "The process that will open government" (and education). I.e. A writer's piece is accepted by an editor, who puts it puts there, locally, and is picked up by "the (old) media" banners, where it becomes "news" for ignorant readers.

It's news! they think, so it must be how people think these days. And their attitudes change.

P.S. I'd change your byline though. "An online network for public servants" means, if I am to be honest, this would have to be my last entry. How about "an online network for concerned citizens". Most public servants rarely have the luxury of being treated like one, (if they are to abide by APS guidelines)

Comment by David Stephens on March 9, 2012 at 8:08pm

Just posted something somewhere else on the site on this excellent article. Does anyone know of any academic work in this field?

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