Leo Dobes

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10 Jul 2016

Public service cutbacks have increased reliance on consultants. However, new legislation and rules governing the procurement of services from consultants are scattered over different legislative instruments.

The first edition of this book attracted a record number of online hits. Busy public sector managers now...


28 Apr 2016


All is not well with the evaluation of government programs and projects.

Resources available to any society are limited. If governments are to increase the well-being of their citizens, they must be able to select and implement the socially most beneficial...

Journal article

7 Dec 2015

Proponents of transport infrastructure have in recent decades sought to augment the estimated benefit of major projects beyond conventional cost-benefit analysis. Improved transport links are claimed to increase Marshallian external economies of scale; to reduce transport costs experienced by imperfectly competitive industries, and so induce...


23 May 2013


Individuals and societies have always adapted to change, whether catastrophic or slow onset. Over the last two centuries, however, governments have significantly extended their role as ultimate social manager of risk. It is as yet unclear whether, how, or to...


22 Nov 2012

This report assesses whether it would be socially desirable to provide enhanced post-cyclone emergency services in towns such as Cairns.

One means of addressing the issue is to estimate the net social benefit that would accrue to Cairns residents. Focus groups of residents identified...

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