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Here’s a simple way to stop governments giving jobs to mates

By Kate Griffiths, Deputy Program Director, Grattan Institute
Anika Stobart, Associate, Grattan Institute
Danielle Wood, Chief executive officer, Grattan Institute
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Handing out a cushy job to a political mate might seem harmless – after all, everyone does it, right? – but the politicisation of public appointments has real, pervasive consequences for Australian democracy. Increasingly, many government boards, tribunals and independent agencies are stacked with people who have worked in politics.

A new Grattan Institute report, released today, shows that political appointments are common at state and federal levels. It reveals the costs all Australians bear…The Conversation


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