Behind Closed Doors - Mandarins & the APS

In a town like Canberra, the politicians may get much of the attention but it’s the public servants and political staffers whose task it is to get the job done.

Just what goes on within the corridors of power? How do you disentangle politics from policy, let alone from personalities? And how do you sustain all of this while maintaining some semblance of a normal life?

Two people who know the answers to these questions better than most are former Secretary of the Department of Finance Jane Halton and author and former ministerial chief of staff Allan Behm (No, Minister).

Join Halton and Behm in conversation with Fairfax Media’s Tom McIlroy for a free-ranging wander through the backrooms of our democracy.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

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Tom McIlroy is a federal political reporter for Fairfax Media based in the Parliament House press gallery