I work in the public sector & I find that I am working with great colleagues.
I enjoy & take pride in my job. I work hard as does everyone else I know at the company.
All in all in my experience govenment departments are a good place to work, unless Campbell Newman is in charge. Then you just get no job security, no pay rises and no temporary to permancies granted. You spend every working day wondering if it will be your last with that company. You also go to work in the knowledge that when you want to start a family you will lose your job - on a temporary contract because Newman won't allow them to grant permanency.