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This valedictory speech for the ANU's National Security College outlines the interaction between academia and public policy in Australia, which has been an evolving mix of reticence and engagement, shared purposes and distinctive roles.
I would like to take the opportunity...
This speech discusses the critical role risk management plays in decision-making for the Australian Government public sector.
It is a fairly natural desire on the part of any member of any organisation to want that organisation to be successful in pursuing...
Overview: This short report summarizes a lecture by Mr Iain Rennie, State Services Commissioner, State Services Commission presented at the IGPS on 20 June 2014.
The role of the State Services Commissioner is to provide leadership and over-sight of the State services including:...
From leaky buildings to financial crashes, from mining disasters to deep water oil spills and from poor patient care to financial misselling, regulation can fail to prevent disasters arising from the risks it is meant to manage.
Although each disaster is unique in many...
Evidence-based policymaking needs to be counter-balanced with intelligence-based policymaking, the Executive Director of the HC Coombs Policy Forum told an audience of senior public servants today.
Dr Mark Matthews used an address to the inaugural Policy Reflections Forum at the Department of Communications to...
Two fundamental information policy principles, stewardship and usefulness, can help guide and evaluate efforts to achieve information-based transparency.
This paper, produced by the United States based Center for Technology in Government, is a conceptual and empirical exploration of the tensions inherent in the drive...
In this speech the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet outlines the implementation of the twenty-eight recommendations of the Blueprint for the Reform of Australian Government Administration.
The Blueprint itself can be found here .
"A decline in public trust and a rise in populism and alternative voices, is the biggest background trend facing governments. Global political events over the past few years have underlined serious and ongoing threats to the free flow of information and indeed to democracy itself."...
Few within government would deny that evidence-based policy-making is important to achieving good outcomes. Australia’s history provides ample support for that. But it is also apparent that practice over the past decade has fallen short of the ideals espoused.