22 January 2019

The Andrews Labor government scrapped performance bonuses for senior executives after revelations that — just like in the private sector — they were not linked to any meaningful measure of performance. Over at public service news site The Mandarin, the decision prompted bigger questions about “the moral justification” of executives being “bribed to fulfil their duties satisfactorily”: “If a company’s performance is above average and justifies payment of a bonus, should not every employee receive a proportionate share?” Indeed.