This collection of 'critical reflections' on Australian public policy offers a valuable contribution to public discussion of important political and policy issues facing our nation and society. These essays are important not only because of the reputation and position of the various contributors, but because they are incredibly 'content rich' and brimming with new ideas.
This collection of papers is concerned with issues of policy development, practice, implementation and performance. It represents a range of views about diverse subjects by individuals who are, for the most part, in the public eye and who have the capacity to influence the shape and the reality of public policy. Each has a story to tell, with insights that can only be drawn by those working at the 'sharp end' of policy.
“They took some honey, and plenty of money…” Prising Bronwyn Bishop from the Speakership, a Prelude to Leadership Transition Prime Minister Tony Abbott was begrudgingly forced to dump his personal favourite, Bronwyn Bishop, from the presiding officer’s position in the House of Representatives, after her reluctance to explain or apologise for abusing her travel entitlements. But Abbott’s stoic defence of his beleaguered New South Wales colleague came at a high price to his own leadership standing in the aftermath of the entitlements scandal. In August 2015 the septuagenarian Bishop became the third Speaker of the Australian parliament to be brought down in less than four years.