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Independent Policy Advice and the Productivity Commission

Chairman's speech

Gary Banks gave the Chancellor's Lecture at Swinburne University on 22 September 2011. An earlier version was delivered at the 2011 National Adminitrative Law Conference in Canberra.

Contents

Introduction
Why independent policy advice?
What advice is 'independent'?

Origins of the Commission's independence
Independent Commissioners
Full time vs part time
Appointing the right people

Relationship with 'the Minister'
The portfolio matters

Funding and resourcing

What difference has independence made?
Impartial and considered advice
'Ammunition' and education
The role of Parliament

Summing up