Business calls for govt overhaul

THE head of one of Australia's leading business groups has called for a radical overhaul of the way governments are run at the top.

Jennifer Westacott from the Business Council of Australia says political gatekeepers have eroded the role of the public service.

She says a "culture of reticence" has affected the quality of public policy.

"The kind of custodianship of the long-term policy agenda, I think, has been eroded by what I'd call short-term thinking," she told PM.

"I sense frustration in every part of the public service, from the highest to the lowest level."

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