February 16th 2008


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FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Battle lines drawn for US Presidential race

EDITORIAL: Mitsubishi closure a blow to our manufacturing

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Will Rudd summit achieve anything?

BIOFUELS: Sugar industry - execution by policy madness

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: EI inquiry hears of more quarantine failures

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: The lessons of the past we so quickly forget

STRAWS IN THE WIND: A new Bunyip intelligentsia? / Paddy McGuinness dies / The homeless

ASIA: Re-shaping Asia: The Great Game Mark II

INDONESIA: More good than bad: Suharto (1921-2008)

FATHERHOOD: Making men redundant (and harming our children)

FAMILY POLICY: Family-friendly policies at risk

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Melbourne doctor's bid to decriminalise abortion

UNITED STATES: America's wrong course

LEADERSHIP: Five keys to democratic statesmanship

Demise of The Bulletin (letter)

Re-opening of South Gippsland rail? (letter)

Foreign intervention (letter)

The "more committees" fetish (letter)

BOOKS: WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY, by Dinesh D'Souza

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The "more committees" fetish (letter)


by M. Gordon

News Weekly, February 16, 2008
Sir,

Since coming to power, the ALP has announced the creation of a lot of new committees, boards and reviews, with new departments and agencies.

It is good for bureaucrats, but probably not for results. Is this the right way to go? Probably not.

But it makes perfect sense, as Professor Michael Wesley of Griffith University has noted. He says: "Labor … has traditionally suffered from institutional over-enthusiasm: the belief that that by setting up an institution it has advanced towards a solution.

"Often such institutions can have outcomes very different from those that were intended."

This fetishism for new structures is not new, nor are they noticeably successful.

(Mr) M. Gordon,
Flynn ACT




























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