Why Australian politics needs to reframe its concept of the public interest

While this post talks about ‘public interest’ in relation to politics, it also has its relevance when considering the contested notion of ‘public interest’ in law and strategic litigation.

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Political slogans and robotic talking points should be of no interest and deliver no benefit to the public, says former federal department head Paul Barratt in this short essay. He calls for a new focus on an authentic notion of public interest, which requires:

  • a probing media and informed public
  • evidence based policy
  • better delegation of responsibility to the best suited level of government.

The essay is republished with permission from “Who speaks for and protects the public interest in Australia? Essays by notable Australians”, from  Australia21.

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