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In the Wake of A Certain Maritime Incident: Ministerial Advisers, Departments and Accountability

Keating, Michael


This article considers the accountability of ministerial advisers and their relationship with departments in the light of 'the children overboard' incident. It argues that if ministers are not going to accept responsibility for the actions of their advisers then on those occasions the advisers should be separately accountable to the parliament. The article further suggests that the department heads have a particular responsibility for ensuring the integrity of ministerial advice, and proposes...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Public Administration


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