AUSTRALIAN bureaucracy could be one of the best in the world, but bureaucrats in Down Under are not necessarily a happy lot. Many senior bureaucrats now want a more “settled and orderly” existence under new Prime Minister Julia Gillard as life was quite difficult under Kevin Rudd as PM, according to a report by The Canberra Times.
They do agree that they must meet policy demands of an ambitious prime minister, but many of their initiatives under Mr Rudd did not elicit desired results, according to the same report. The only ray of hope has emanated from Ms Gillard’s style of execution, and her attitude of “take decisions and get things done”.
Ex-PM Rudd’s infamous May 2008 diktat that civil servants would all have to put up with working longer hours, was hated by most bureaucrats. “I understand there has been some criticism around the edges that some public servants are finding the hours a bit much,” Mr Rudd said at the time, according to the same report published in The Canberra Times.
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