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Australian Journal of Public Administration

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March 2016

Volume 75, Issue 1

Pages 1–124

  1. Issue Information

    1. Top of page
    2. Issue Information
    3. Research and Evaluation
    4. Controversies-Commentaries
    5. Book Reviews
    6. Obituary
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      Issue Information - TOC (page 1)

      Version of Record online: 1 MAR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12165

  2. Research and Evaluation

    1. Top of page
    2. Issue Information
    3. Research and Evaluation
    4. Controversies-Commentaries
    5. Book Reviews
    6. Obituary
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      See No Evil, Hear No Evil? Assessing Corruption Risk Perceptions and Strategies of Victorian Public Bodies (pages 3–17)

      Zeger van der Wal, Adam Graycar and Kym Kelly

      Version of Record online: 25 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12163

      In seeking out what works best for agencies to manage their own integrity two approaches are commonly debated, a “values” based approach on the one hand, and a “compliance” approach. Building on research data three elements which blend values and compliance are described: effective, committed and responsible agency leadership (Tone at the Top); specific corruption prevention strategies; and comprehensive and targeted training programs.

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      Watchdogs as Satellites of Parliament (pages 18–27)

      Peter Wilkins

      Version of Record online: 10 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12142

      Statutory provisions for the Auditor General and Ombudsman are reviewed and a new model conceptualising watchdogs as satellites of Parliament is presented and assessed in the context of the debate about where watchdogs fit in our system of government and the designation of some watchdogs as officers of Parliament.

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      Financial Accountability: The Contribution of Senate Estimates (pages 28–38)

      Graham Bowrey, Ciorstan Smark and Ted Watts

      Version of Record online: 28 JAN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12116

      This paper explores, through the application of content analysis on selected Hansard transcripts, the extent of the contribution the Budget Estimates hearings of the Federal Senate Legislation Committees make towards discharging the financial accountabilities of both the Australian Parliament and Government.

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      Is Biggest Best? A Comparative Analysis of the Financial Viability of the Brisbane City Council (pages 39–52)

      Elisabeth Sinnewe, Michael A. Kortt and Brian Dollery

      Version of Record online: 24 JAN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12118

      This paper compares Brisbane City Council with Sydney City Council, an average of six south east Queensland councils and an average of ten metropolitan New South Wales councils against four measures of financial performance over the period 2008 to 2011.

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      How High Should They Jump? An Empirical Method for Setting Municipal Financial Ratio Performance Benchmarks (pages 53–64)

      Joseph Drew and Brian Dollery

      Version of Record online: 24 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12152

      Failure to take account of the environmental challenges facing councils can result in inappropriate or unattainable performance benchmarks which may give rise to unintended consequences. To address this problem, we develop an empirical method for allocating performance benchmarks with respect to the current level of performance and environmental constraints facing individual local authorities. We demonstrate this technique in a case study using data drawn from New South Wales local authority operating ratios.

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      Can't Get No Satisfaction? The Association Between Community Satisfaction and Population Size for Victoria (pages 65–77)

      Joseph Drew, Brian Dollery and Michael A. Kortt

      Version of Record online: 20 JAN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12117

      While optimal size in local government has conventionally been determined by estimating the relationship between population size and expenditure, this approach has proved problematic. In this paper we develop an alternative approach which examines the relationship between population size and community satisfaction for Victorian councils and establishes an inverted ‘U-shaped’ relationship.

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      Less Haste, More Speed: The Fit for the Future Reform Program in New South Wales Local Government (pages 78–88)

      Joseph Drew and Brian Dollery

      Version of Record online: 10 JUN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12158

      This paper provides a critical assessment of the Fit for the Future program. We show that it contains errors, relies on unreliable data and neglects important factors. This could have serious consequences given the potential impact the Fit for Future program will have on NSW local government.

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      Slow Change at the Top: ‘Old Hands’ and ‘Accidental Executives’ in New South Wales Local Government (pages 89–99)

      Theresa Smith-Ruig, Bligh Grant and Alison Sheridan

      Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12160

      This article examines the career paths of General Managers in local government. It documents the genedered environment of the sector and the ‘accidental’ nature of leadership in the sector, suggesting that local government ought to be promoted as a career of choice, particularly for women.

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      Commercial Lobbying in Australia: Exploring the Australian Lobby Register (pages 100–111)

      Darren Halpin and John Warhurst

      Version of Record online: 3 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12159

      This article provides the first analysis and review of the Australian Federal Lobby Register. It documents the size and structure of the Australian commercial lobbying scene. The article examines the changes in the lobby world as a consequence of a change of government. It concludes with a discussion of future research.

  3. Controversies-Commentaries

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      Developing Management Practices to Support Joined-Up Governance (pages 112–118)

      Gemma Carey and Patrick Harris

      Version of Record online: 5 OCT 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12169

      Joined-up working is proving to be a major management challenge. In this paper, we bring a number of concepts to bear on the management of joined-up and cross-boundary working in public management of complex social issues.

  4. Book Reviews

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      Arresting Incarceration: Pathways Out of Indigenous Imprisonment Don Weatherburn (Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 2014, ISBN 9781922059550 (paperback), 189 pp.) (pages 119–120)

      Megan Williams

      Version of Record online: 1 MAR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12179

      This article is a book review of Don Weatherburn's Arresting Incarceration, about causes and solutions to the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian correctional centres.

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      Minority Policy: Rethinking Governance when Parliament Matters Brenton Prosser and Richard Denniss (Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2015, ISBN 9780522867626 (paperback), 208 pp.) (pages 120–121)

      Narelle Miragliotta

      Version of Record online: 1 MAR 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.12181

      Book Review of ‘Minority Policy: Rethinking Governance when Parliament Matters’.

  5. Obituary

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