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Deliberative democrats sometimes assume that existing political organisations, including NGOs or social movement organisations, are too bound up with pre-given interests or ideological frames to provide a public sphere where such deliberation can occur.
Over the course of the Howard Government, the Australian Public Service was accused with increasing frequency of failing to strike a balance between telling the government what it wants to know and telling the government what it needs to know. Is there a...
The winds of change are once again blowing through Canberra. Every two decades or so, the federal bureaucracy is encouraged to take a good hard look at itself with a view to reforming how it is organised and operates.
In the community of public...
Trust was a key issue in the 2004 Australian federal election. The Prime Minister appealed to the public to trust his government because of its ability to manage the economy. The Leader of the Opposition highlighted the government’s lack of credibility and honesty. These are...
In his contribution to a symposium on the 2002-03 federal budget, Ian McAuley argues that the federal government's Intergenerational Report (budget paper #5) exposes the narrowness of Commonwealth budgetary policy. It is concerned with budget expenditures only, rather than the community's total health care costs....
Recent enthusiasm for evidence-based policy-making in Australia has many sources, however the meaning and practice of 'evidence-based policy' are contested. Greg Marston and Rob Watts identify and critically assess the value of evidence-based claims and their relationship to evidence-based policy. They highlight the importance of...