What is a public servant to do when a government does something the public servant thinks is seriously wrong? Resign. That’s what. Quit the job and then explain why. Which is exactly what happened in Canada this week when the head of the Canadian statistics organisation reacted to budget cuts that he thought would make a nonsense of the national census.
I wonder if any Australian federal public servants will follow this example if we end up with a Coalition government intent on some serious cost-cutting while claiming that the quality of the work performed by the public service will not suffer.