Thursday 26 Nov 2020 | 00:57 | SYDNEY
Thursday 26 Nov 2020 | 00:57 | SYDNEY

More on the bureaucracy and Rudd


Sam Roggeveen


27 November 2007 08:10

In response to my post of yesterday, which argued that the national security bureaucracy has lost the habit of strategic thinking over the last 11 years, a former ministerial staffer writes that there might be other reasons why the Rudd Government won't call on the bureaucracy for strategic policy advice:

The culture of leaks, Senate inquiries and the FoI legislation also counts against giving the bureaucracy much scope to think radically in policy terms. We once shut down a bureaucratic initiative because we thought that any hint of radical change would get out and be used against the Government — a fear that was shown to be well justified.

While I think most people in the bureaucracy are honourable, enough aren't that their involvement in sensitive policy work should generally be limited.