Michael West, University of Sydney Hammurabi nailed it back in 1772 BC when he declared: “The first duty of government is to protect the powerless from the powerful.” When it came to common sense, the sixth king of Babylon was an “early adopter”, earlier than say...

Michael West, University of Sydney Confounding the familiar government narrative of reckless spending binges by Labor, the Coalition actually has the record of greater profligacy when it comes to showering billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on external consultants. When John Howard became prime minister, he axed...

By Michael West, The University of Sydney Since IBM axed 1,500 jobs in Australia three years ago, “offshoring” them for the sake of cheap Asian labour, assorted government departments have slung the Big Blue at least $1.35 billion in contract work. The most celebrated of this taxpayer...

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