Journal article

Enhancing long-term governance: Parliament’s vital oversight role

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.
Report

Smokescreen: the rhetoric and reality of federal bushfire recovery funding

This report examines the allocation and distribution of federal funds from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020, following the bushfire crisis of 2019-2020. While large pledges were made by the Morisson Government to support families and businesses, much of the funding appears to be...
Report

Report of the Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy

This report acknowledges the enduring successes of Australian democracy. It is important to also understand the social changes that have posed new challenges to democratic participation and stability. The committee believes that this report demonstrates why Australia’s democratic institutions matter, and why reinvigorating them is...
Report

The heart of the problem: a weak centre is undermining the UK government

Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom are powerful. But the administrative support they receive is limited, meaning that the exercise of that power is not as effective as it should be. This paper argues that the prime minister’s job is made harder because the symbiotic...
Report

Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and the Victorian government’s response have rapidly evolved over the course of this inquiry. This second inquiry report reflects the impact of the second wave of the pandemic, as well as the subsequent actions taken by the government to manage it up...
Policy report

Accountable lawmaking

This policy brief analyses trends in the working and monitoring of delegated legislation in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom during the pandemic. It focuses on how the pandemic has affected parliamentary oversight of executive actions and assesses how institutional responses have conformed to...
Report

Out of sight, not out of reach

This report is the product of an effort to understand the scale and scope of “transnational repression,” in which governments reach across national borders to silence dissent among their diaspora and exile communities.
Report

Central government: results of the 2019/20 audits

This report summarises the New Zealand Government’s financial statements for 2019/20.
Report

Report of Advisory Committee to Oversee the Implementation of the New Zealand COVID-19 Surveillance Plan and Testing Strategy

In response to a range of issues associated with the delivery and operation of the New Zealand border response the Minister of Health appointed an Advisory Committee to oversee the implementation of the New Zealand COVID-19 Surveillance Plan and Testing Strategy.
Report

COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry final report and recommendations

The second wave of COVID-19 cases in Victoria led to a series of strict restrictions in the state and had devastating impacts on peoples’ lives, livelihoods and mental health. This inquiry final report finds that there were serious failings, in terms of provision of pandemic...