By Paul Malone
The articles during this assortment have been first released within the Canberra occasions among 14 November 2005 and 22 April 2006 in a marginally diversified layout. often times articles have been released at the one secretary. those were mixed into one and minor edits and corrections were made. The articles haven't been up-to-date to take account of occasions due to the fact they have been first released.
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And he said ‘Yep’. '” Initially the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet looked after the few office staff. At the time of her promotion Scott was a Deputy Secretary in PM&C and the department kept her, and her immediate staff, on the payroll. “We’ve paid them back now, obviously”, she says. ” Borrowed staff created spread sheets to record initial transactions. A jerry-built computer system provided basic services. A major initial task was to get funding for the new department. Human Services was set up to oversee six service delivery agencies, including the giant Centrelink, Medicare Australia and the Child Support Agency.
She says if she had her time again she would have spent a bit more time explaining, especially to people who were feeling anxious about what the changes the creation of Human Services meant. Asked if she is referring to the heads of the six agencies, she says, “Sometimes the heads of the agencies, sometimes I’m talking about the policy departments themselves, 'cause not everyone’s reading Shergold’s speech and not everyone’s got the time or the inclination to look at the PM’s website. So a lot of time was spent initially on what’s the difference between policy and service delivery.
But there are the ones that hit you from the side … and we have to respond to them. It’s dynamic and it’s very, very challenging … I feel I’ve come through a road less travelled … to get here than other people interviewed [for this series]. But I’ve got no less a commitment to public service in the broad concept of the term and I’ve been involved with it one way or another for a long period of time. ” L’Estrange did not rush into his career. After an extended period of study at Sydney and Oxford universities he joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra in his late twenties.