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Evidenced-based policy-making: What is it? How do we get it?

ANZSOG/ANU Public Lecture Series 2009, Canberra, 4 February. Early versions of this paper were presented to an Australian Public Service Commission ‘Leader-to-Leader’ seminar in October 2008, and as a keynote address to the Annual Conference of the Economics Society inAugust 2008. What exactly does evidence-based...
Report

Government data and the invisible hand

If the next US Presidential administration really wants to embrace the potential of Internet-enabled government transparency, it should follow a counter-intuitive but ultimately compelling strategy: reduce the federal role in presenting important government information to citizens. Today, government bodies consider their own websites to be...
Discussion paper

The imaginary politics of access to knowledge: whose cultural agendas are being advanced?

This paper explores the humanitarian promise contained in advocacy for broader access rights to knowledge, and, the notion that access is a precondition to the public good of invention. This politics is explored from three perspectives: the Commons as a product of a history of...
Discussion paper

Rigour and relevance: extending the role of the social sciences and humanities in public policy research

Australia needs to encourage a new form of research that contributes directly to the formulation of policy in government, according to this report. Such research is initiated by the end user rather than the researcher. It is characterised by being strategically driven, problem oriented and...
Report

The right to information: reviewing Queensland's Freedom of Information Act

Chaired by barrister, author and former journalist, David Solomon, the panel makes 141 recommendations that are "not merely an upgrade of the legislation, but a new model... a radically different but more effective legislative architecture for FOI". Government information should be released ?routinely and proactively...
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The Centrelink experiment: innovation in service delivery

Centrelink was established in 1997 as part of the Howard government’s bold experiment in re-framing social policy and re-shaping service delivery. Centrelink was the embodiment of a key tenet of the Howard vision for public service: a specialised service delivery ‘provider’ agency separated from the...
Report

Transparency and accountability of Commonwealth public funding and expenditure

The federal government adopted accrual accounting in 1997 and in 1999-2000 for the first time presented a budget based on accrual accounting principles. The committee looked at the impact of outcome budgeting, multiple sources of funding and the use of ordinary annual services to fund...
Discussion paper

Reforming local government in South Australia: discussion paper

This discussion paper proposes reforms to local government legislation. Some of the key reforms proposed include a new conduct management framework for council members, an expanded role for council audit committees, and improvements to regulation to reduce councils’ costs.
Report

Implementation of the ‘Smith Review’ and progress in strengthening protective security procedures, practices and culture: 12 month followup review

This review considers progress to date in strengthening PM&C’s protective security procedures, practices and culture protective security culture. It also includes recommendations to guide ongoing efforts to mature protective security culture across the department and broader Australian Public Service.
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Review of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s security procedures, practices and culture

This review concluded that the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet should strengthen the high-level governance of its protective security responsibilities, and demand a more robust security culture in the organisation.