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A Framework for reforming the independence and accountability of statutory officers of parliament: a case study of Victoria

Clark, Colin and De Martinis, Michael (2003) A Framework for reforming the independence and accountability of statutory officers of parliament: a case study of Victoria. Australian journal of public administration, 62 (1). pp. 32-42. ISSN 0313-6647

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Abstract

Considerable attention has been given to the independence of auditors-general in the literature. However, there are other officers of parliament who also have roles that may require protection from the excessive use of power by the executive arm of government. In response to the recent Public Accounts and Estimates Committee Inquiry into a Legislative Framework for Victorian Statutory Officers of Parliament, the study compares the enabling legislation of four Victorian officers of parliament in terms of their powers, independence, funding and mandate as well as the accountability mechanisms available to parliament in terms of their appointment, tenure and oversight. The four officers are: the auditor-general; the ombudsman; the regulator-general; and the director of public prosecutions. A number of notable differences in the enabling legislation are identified and reform options for strengthening such legislation are presented.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: officers of parliament, Victorian statutory, ombudsman, Victorian parliament, public servant
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 390000 Law, Justice and Law Enforcement
RFCD Classification > 360000 Policy and Political Science
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Law
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Depositing User: Ms Phung T Tran
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2009 22:37
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2009 22:37
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1277
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8500.00312
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