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The Productivity Commission: a key voice on policy reform

Productivity Policy Public sector Australia

As Australia’s public sector outsources more and more of its thinking on public service reform, the Productivity Commission has become an increasingly important, independent voice.

In this Brotherhood Talk, we examine the role of a major Australian institution. The Productivity Commission has provided independent advice to governments on economic, social and environmental matters, while maintaining a focus on advancing the interests of the community at large, since it was set up in 1998.

Peter Harris AO served as Commission chair for five years to 2018. He says it is a measure of the Commission’s value that many countries are very interested to copy it.

He’s in conversation here with Alison McClelland AM, a former commissioner, as well as a life member of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. 

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