Published August 5, 2014

Pest Controller, Shock Absorber

40 Years of the Prime Ministers' Chiefs of Staff

<p> In the United States, the Chief of Staff to the President has been described as a &lsquo;javelin catcher&rsquo;. In Australia, various Chiefs of Staff have used the metaphors 'pest controller' and 'shock absorber' to describe their role.<br /> <br /> &quot;Pest Controller, Shock Absorber: 40 Years of the Prime Ministers' Chiefs of Staff &quot; traces the evolution of the role from public servant to political appointment and highlights&nbsp; eleven individuals who have served time in the role.</p>