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Canberra lucky to have some of Australia’s finest

By flyingpuck 10 March 2011 31

Some of you may have seen a prominent Australian, who recently moved to Canberra as a graduate recruit in one of those esteemed central agencies,  featured in Crikey’s daily mail recently (Click on “Item 7. Tips and Rumours”):

In short, an email from this upstanding APS employee to his fellow graduates regarding the SNoG (Social Network of Grads) executive committee elections was leaked to Crikey and published, providing invaluable insights into the mindset and talents that our top agencies seek in their staff. Here is the email in full:

Nominations for SNoG Executive close this Thurday 3 March with voting from next Monday 7 – Friday 11 March.

Through an agreement of reciprocal voting with DIISR, FaHCSIA, ANAO and DMO (other departments potentially to come), I think I’ve managed to reserve the President position for one of us, in exchange for us voting various people of other departments to lesser positions (where they belong!). Hopefully this coalition should be enough to get us over the line.

I think it would be useful if one us held the position (and have no interest in running myself). Is anyone interested? If so, let the group know before Thursday’s Grad Meeting. It’s on the agenda then, so we can finalise our nomination and submit the form that afternoon.

Of course, you are welcome to run for any SNoG Executive position by yourself.

Cheers,

Alan Wu
Strategy and Policy Advice Unit | Attorney-General’s Department

Brilliant stuff, right? So bold! So insightful! So selfless! So much strategic policy advice, packed into such a short email! Surely a man to keep an eye on, one who will go very far!

But the question on everyone’s lips is, who is Alan Wu, this ethical giant who now wanders among us ordinary denizens of this great Capital?

Well, let the following handy websites enlighten you. First of all, Alan has his very own wikipedia entry, befitting a man of such stature.

And this tastefully laid out personal website has even more information, so you too can learn how to follow in Alan’s footsteps and, maybe one day, work at AGD.

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Pommy bastard 1:13 pm 15 Mar 11

Alan consults to a wide range of organisations in the education, government, media, philanthropy and non-government sector. He is available to speak about, or help develop strategies around the participation and engagement of young people and ethnic communities, and sustainable development issues.

Not any more he aint..

BTW, This SNog.

Tongues allowed?”

LadyxBec 10:36 am 15 Mar 11

bryansworld said :

First time i have ever seen diisr dmo and fahcsia described as greater departments…

lol agreed! One can only wonder at the response of said “lessor” departments. I hear the other departmens are not impressed.

bryansworld 8:38 pm 11 Mar 11

First time i have ever seen diisr dmo and fahcsia described as greater departments…

LSWCHP 6:45 pm 11 Mar 11

Josephine__ said :

Your comments show that you are all far smarter and far wittier than Alan Wu 😀

Be sure to let me know if this acknowledgement of your undeniable intellectual and moral superiority wasn’t what you were looking for and I’ll take another stab at it

I may not be wittier than Mr Wu, but I feel quite confident that I’m smarter than him. Unfortunately, this is a very trivial and insignificant claim.

More significantly though, I also feel that I have a much better grasp of how to behave in a decent and ethical manner than Mr Wu. This is a very substantial claim, particularly given Mr Wu’s role on the classification board, where at the age 25 or so he gets to make moral/ethical decisions about things that I can view.

So overall, yeah, your little spray has done nothing much at all for me. Feel free to have another tilt at this windmill if you wish.

bryansworld 4:47 pm 11 Mar 11

Oh dear!

cmdwedge 4:24 pm 11 Mar 11

Skidbladnir said :

Link fixed

Even has this fine young man’s mobile number. Could be fun!

JessP 3:32 pm 11 Mar 11

To spoonalious……..

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Josephine__ 2:32 pm 11 Mar 11

Your comments show that you are all far smarter and far wittier than Alan Wu 😀

Be sure to let me know if this acknowledgement of your undeniable intellectual and moral superiority wasn’t what you were looking for and I’ll take another stab at it

Erg0 9:45 am 11 Mar 11

Argh, stupid bottom comment box. >_<

Sounds like somebody got caught in the transition between university politics and the real world.

Always good value in a "you all need to get a life" post, though. With apologies to old Eleanor, I'd suggest that small minds quote people who are smarter than they are, in the hope of looking like they have something significant to say.

BallOfMonkey 9:00 am 11 Mar 11

spoonalious said :

Comments #1 through #5, typical shiny arsed public servants – living such meaningless lives that you feel forced to comment on such a minor detail said in humour and jest. I do not know Alan Wu, do not work for the Government but absolutely hate tiny nick-picking like this.

Ahem. To “Nit Pick”

–verb (used without object)
1. to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.
–verb (used with object)
2. to criticize by focusing on inconsequential details.

Nice try though.

Heavs 8:55 am 11 Mar 11

Was he in that Indigeridoo play?

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