This article explores how the New Zealand Parliament scrutinises the quality of long-term governance and considers how such scrutiny could be made more systematic, proactive and rigorous.
This report evaluates the relief and recovery efforts activated before, during and after the 2019–20 Victorian fire season. The Victorian Inspector-General for Emergency Management makes a series of observations and findings related to both relief and recovery, and proposes 15 recommendations to government.
This audit examines how well the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is acquitting its responsibilities under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and in Protecting Victoria’s Environment—Biodiversity 2037 to better protect threatened species.
This report is the beginning of a conversation on how New Zealand’s system of local democracy and governance will need to evolve over the next 30 years.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role not just of government generally, but in particular the essential role the 'centre of government' must play to coordinate, communicate with the public, and navigate new problems. This paper looks at how public servants can add value...
This paper asserts that comparing the features of existing state integrity commissions with the models proposed by the federal government, the ALP and Helen Haines, the Morrison Government’s Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) would be the weakest and least effective integrity agency in the country.
The Letters Patent establishing the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission require the Commission to have 'due regard to the views and insight provided by the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria, in a report or reports from community consultation undertaken by it'. This report has been prepared for...
Improving national security governance: options for strengthening Cabinet control and parliamentary oversight
This policy options paper proposes reforms to bolster the capacity of Australia's leaders to hold national security institutions accountable as Australia moves into an era of heightened strategic complexity and risk.
The Australian government is spending dramatically more on contracts with consultancies than it did a few years ago. This paper argues that when the federal government does spend public money on consultancy reports and research, that advice should be published so it can be weighed...
First Nations regional and national representation: aligning local decision making in NSW with Closing the Gap and the proposed Indigenous Voice
Recent shifts in national policies have resulted in questions about how established regional forms of representation, such as those involved in NSW’s Local Decision Making initiative, will be aligned with new policy priorities and processes. This paper seeks to clarify the terrain of competing and...