Peter Shergold: political staffers aren't killing the  public service | Psycholitics & Psychonomics |

'While I believe strongly that public information should be as transparent and accessible as possible, the ability to speak truth to power in confidential discussions remains vital to the Westminister system of democratic governance in which professional public servants are required to serve successive governments with equal commitment. My experience was that every time policy advice was leaked by some public servant who foolishly imagined that they had a better view of the “national interest” than elected government, the trust necessary to the minister-public servant relationship was corroded.'