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Royal Commissions and Public Inquiries in Australia

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ISBN13: 9780409322545
ISBN: 0409322547
Published: June 2006
Publisher: LexisNexis Australia
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Hardback
Price: £183.00

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Royal Commissions and Public Inquiries in Australia provides the first comprehensive overview of the extent, use and impact of Commonwealth public inquiries appointed since 1901. Specifically, this new book:-

  • defines ‘public inquiries,’ and delineates them from other advisory bodies;
  • details trends in public inquiry numbers since Federation and compares these to overseas jurisdictions;
  • classifies the different types and forms of public inquiries;
  • explains public inquiry procedures, powers and associated legislation;
  • analyses why public inquiries are appointed and their roles in the political system;
  • assesses their impact on public policy; and,
  • explores the continuing and future roles of public inquiries.
Covering public inquiries appointed by the Commonwealth government since Federation, particular attention is given to those public inquiries appointed during the last thirty years, when inquiry numbers increased markedly. References to numerous inquiries throughout the book are supplemented by detailed case studies of key public inquiries, including royal commissions and appointed by different governments.

Royal Commissions and Public Inquiries in Australia will be a valuable reference for those interested in a widely used, but often neglected, advisory instrument of modern government that continues to influence many areas of public policy.

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Other Jurisdictions , Australia
The Australian Public Inquiry Phenomenon: the Need for Study
Defining and Classifying Public Inquiries
History and Trends in Public Inquiries
Why Governments Appoint Public Inquiries
The Roles and Functions of Inquiries
How Public Inquiries Work
Public Inquiries in Action 1: Administrative Reform Inquiries: Challenging Entrenched Interests
Public Inquiries in Action 2: Royal Commissions
Public Inquiries in Action 3: Successful Inquiry Implementation