Gary Banks

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Alf Rattigan Lecture 2018
26 Nov 2018

Few within government would deny that evidence-based policy-making is important to achieving good outcomes. Australia’s history provides ample support for that. But it is also apparent that practice over the past decade has fallen short of the ideals espoused.

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QPC Productivity Lecture
19 Oct 2018

Professor Banks’ lecture discusses a wide range of productivity challenges in Australia, as well as the potential role of productivity commissions in helping to address them.


3 Jul 2013

Professor Gary Banks AO, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Dean of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and prior to that, head of the Productivity Commission for nearly 15 years, speaks about the role of public inquiries...


3 Jul 2013

Public policy can be hard, both technically (what to do?) and politically (how to get it done?). Australian governments have often made use of public inquiries or reviews to assist them in these respects. The results, however, have been mixed. Based on theory and evidence,...


11 Dec 2012

In the decade and a half since the Productivity Commission was formally established, it has completed 110 inquiries and other commissioned studies and made some 1500 policy recommendations to governments. All of these recommendations were made because the Commission judged that their implementation would enhance...

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