Public policy and political amnesia – CPD in The Canberra Times

Earlier in 2016, CPD Policy Director Sam Hurley spoke at a NSW Fabian Society event on the theme of “reforming the public sector for a more equal society”.

Sam’s remarks explored themes in findings in Grand alibis: how declining public sector capability affects services for the disadvantaged, a major report CPD released in December 2015. Grand Alibis looked at how outsourcing services could erode public sector capability to design and deliver better services and public policy outcomes over time. This work built on the important False Economies series which examined the damage wrought but blunt public sector cutbacks in the name of ‘efficiency’.

Sam’s remarks were published in November in a Fabian’s pamphlet, which also includes excellent contributions on similar topics from Senator Jenny McAllister and CPSU Deputy Secretary Melissa Donelly.

They were also featured in The Canberra Times under the title ‘We can’t ignore the past when designing future public services.’

Our Effective Government Program continues to focus on the interaction between public policy capability, service design and disadvantage  – keep an eye out for more CPD work on these issues in 2017.

Cover photo:  G. Lipman

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