When I asked for feedback as to why, I was told that I was not sufficiently open to "alternative points of view". In other words, I was discriminated against (despite it being illegal, under the Anti-Discrimination Act) because of my political views.
In my interview I had suggested the following:
1. The Murray-River Darling Basin - and indeed all rivers, streams and bodies of water - should be privatized so as to best protect the environment, and allocate resources efficiently.
2. The minimum wage should be abolished, or at least frozen so that inflation erodes it slowly over time, and the long-term unemployed can be given a fighting chance at getting paid work.
I thought these were fairly reasonable points of view, especially for an audience of economists, but sadly the big-government Keynesians at the Treasury didn't share my sentiments. In any case, here's further confirmation that getting a job in the government requires toeing the line:
Another rippled through the public service this week, when the Federal Circuit
Court paved the way for an Immigration Department bureaucrat, who criticised the
government on Twitter, to be sacked even though she did not reveal her name or
job to her followers.