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The answers to Dominic Cummings’ critique: 10 essential reforms to government

In his seven hours of testimony to a House of Commons committee, the UK Prime Minister’s former chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, laid out a portrait of a chaotic government failing in its basic functions. This report sets out some recommendations for what the UK government...
Report

Select Committee on Administration of Sports Grants: final report

This inquiry was initiated following evidence that Senator Bridget McKenzie, the former Federal Sports Minister, had intervened in grant allocation decisions regarding the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program in order to gain political advantage for Coalition candidates and members in the 2019 federal election.
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...
Report

COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry: interim report and recommendations

This interim report identifies issues that have emerged from the COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Board of Inquiry to date, and makes recommendations for a quarantine program in Victoria, as the state begins to consider re-opening to international arrivals.
Guide

Cabinet Handbook - 14th edition

The Cabinet Handbook is designed to ensure that the federal Cabinet observes conventions and principles, and fulfils its central purpose of informed decision-making.
Discussion paper

A little more valuation, a little less redaction, please

In 2017, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources paid almost $80 million for water rights in the Condamine-Balonne valley. This research is based on unredacted valuation documents about the ‘Watergate’ scandal.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: MP expenses: Are the rules clear?

Labor leadership contender Anthony Albanese claims the rules on MP entitlements are "pretty clear".
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Greens' claims over Ferguson lobbying are in the ballpark

Australian Greens' leader Christine Milne says former federal resources and energy minister Martin Ferguson's new jobs as group executive of natural resources for Seven Group Holdings and as chair to a petroleum industry advisory board, make a mockery of
Commentary

Remembrance of rorts past: why the McKenzie scandal might not count for a hill of beans

It's much harder to remove a minister these days than it used to be – and there's no sign Bridget McKenzie's departure will prove a damaging blow for the Morrison Government.
Report

Rough estimates: analysis of Senate Estimates documents on Australia’s most controversial water

This report reveals new information on the Commonwealth’s controversial purchase of water rights in the Condamine Balonne valley for $80 million in 2017.