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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

Implementation of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation partnership

The objective of the audit was to examine whether the design and early delivery of the Australian government's $443.3 million partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation has been effective.
Report

2020 hindsight: the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic

This report looks back on the first 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic and report on what we have seen, primarily through the lens of complaints received from individuals about the actions taken by NSW Government agencies.
Briefing paper

Improving ethical standards in government

This report calls for new rules to extend the prohibition on former cabinet ministers lobbying government, new enforcement powers to ensure ministerial rules are followed, and greater transparency surrounding the outside interests of civil servants.
Report

Legislative leadership in the time of COVID-19

This report finds that safeguarding democracy and improving government responses to health emergencies requires us to strengthen legislatures. On this basis, it recommends that international donors, civil society groups and governments themselves should focus on five key areas of reform.
Report

Counting the cost of Australia’s delayed vaccine rollout

This report quantifies the economic impact of Australia’s delayed COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Report

Next25 Navigator social research report 2021

Next25 Navigator is an annual research study that addresses the question - “What future does Australia want and are we on track?” This report covers their social research, which engaged a large, nationally-representative sample of everyday Australians in quantitative and qualitative work across the five...
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...