Preface / Scott Prasser and Helen Tracey Section 1. History, trends and issues - the story so far... Introduction / Scott Prasser and Helen Tracey 1. Towards a common legislative base for inquiries / Rosalind Croucher 2. The constitutional first principles of royal commissions / Nicholas Aroney Section 2. An inquiry by any other name ... types of public inquiries Introduction / Scott Prasser and Helen Tracey 3. Some reflections on commissions of inquiry / Geoffrey Davies 4. Public inquiries and political wrongdoing / Janet Ransley 5. Royal commissions and integrity systems / Charles Sampford 6. Inquiries into disasters - contrasting styles and forms / Roger Wettenhall 7. Making public policy in the public interest - the role of public inquiries / Gary Banks Section 3. What inquiries do and how they do it Introduction / Scott Prasser and Helen Tracey 8. The National Human Rights Consultation / Frank Brennan 9. Finkelstein Inquiry into the media / Rodney Tiffin 10. Inquiry into Australian intelligence agencies / Philip Flood 11. Making drought policy through public inquiries - managing risk or coping with disaster? / Linda Courtenay Botterill 12. Inquiring into government administration / Paddy Gourley Section 4. What is there to show for it? Assessing inquiry effectiveness Introduction / Scott Prasser and Helen Tracey 13. Sweeping the wheat under the carpet - how much have we learnt from the AWB oil for food kickbacks scandal? / Stephen Bartos 14. Reviewing the review of a fiscal 'stimulus' program / Tony Makin and John Humphreys 15. Inquiries into defence - why no difference? / Henry Ergas and Mark Thomson 16. Royal commissions and the press - seagulls at the lawyers' picnic / Christian Kerr Section 5. Other countries' inquiries Introduction / Scott Prasser and Helen Tracey 17. Public inquiries in the United Kingdom / Graeme Starr 18. Commissions of inquiry - the New Zealand way / Alan Simpson 19. Commissions of inquiry in Canada / Grant Hoole 20. Presidential commissions in the US political system / Kenneth Kitts Section 6. Conclusion 21. Public inquiries - living up to their potential / Scott Prasser and Helen Tracey.
This book explores the potential of public inquiries and royal commissions to influence policy and administration. The chapters, written by Australian and international contributors, discuss types of public inquiries, how inquiries work, and the effectiveness and impact of recent prominent inquiries.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.