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Frank and fearless in the Westminster tradition

September 23rd, 2015

Episode 228 of 559 episodes

Is the Westminster tradition of frank and fearless advice under threat? It’s a principle laid down in the public service commission guidelines. But are public servants these days feeling less able to give unpalatable advice to a minister – maybe due to the loss of security in tenure? Are briefs procured to support a particular perceived outcome that’s already favoured by the minister?

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