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Although political families are sometimes viewed pejoratively as ‘dynasties’ perhaps, as political scientist Professor John Warhurst proposes, there is ‘a political gene that not only attracts members of the same family to politics but gives them the personal attributes to succeed’. In...
This report explores the key border security concepts and emergent policy challenges that will impact on Australia's border security policy.
Effective border security allows for the seamless legitimate movement of people and goods across Australia’s borders, which is critical to enhancing...
This paper reviews the capability of the RAAF, and concludes that the service has been remarkably successful in winning government support for its acquisitions. More importantly, the money has turned into real capability. There are a couple of areas where more work...
This paper briefly outlines the functions performed by the Auditor-General, the significance of the Auditor-General’s independence, and some possible issues for the new Auditor-General.
Executive summaryFollowing the appointment in June 2015 of Mr Grant Hehir to a ten-year term as the...
In this week's Pidgin Politics, Tim, Gaby and Wes discuss Joe Hockey's valedictory speech to the Parliament, reforms to the superannuation industry as recommended by the Murray Inquiry and the Canadian election with senior Canadian lawyer Noble Chummar.
Joe Hockey pulled...
About this report
This is the Secretary’s report to the Prime Minister for the financial year ended 30 June 2015.
The report relates to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (PM&C) performance for 2014–15 against the measures outlined in the...
Audit objectives and scope
The objective of the audit was to assess the appropriateness of the use and reporting of confidentiality provisions in a sample of Australian Government contracts. The criteria were:entities published contract listings on their websites and Ministers’ letters...
The Australian Constitution lays down a process for creating new states out of the existing states that form the Australian Federation. This article explores that process, in historical and political perspective. It examines the drafting of the relevant provisions of the Constitution,...
This speech was given by the Chairman of the Productivity Commission to the Australian Competition Policy Summit 2015'
In 2013, the Australian Government announced that there would be the first comprehensive review of competition policy in Australia in a generation....
In the ‘broad church’ of the Australian Liberal Party, rarely has their been a maverick so unrelenting in his commitment to personal principles as Senator Peter Baume. Over a parliamentary career spanning 17 years, three ministerial portfolios and five party leaders, Baume was often pitted...