So is the TV classic "Yes Minister" - more fact than fiction?
The independent Remuneration Tribunal has approved a 2% payrise for Australia's public servants who include our polititians - so PM Scott Mossison's salary will go up to $592,229 per year
But there's a LOT of public servants who get a hell of a lot more than that and will be getting another 2%
Press the audio button for a couple of examples
So instead of working huge hours and doing overseas trips away from your family like our senior pollies, these people have lives - and don't have to apply for their jobs again every three years.
So who is really running the country, the government - or highly placed public servants?