Neither frank nor fearless
Neither frank nor fearless Submission to the Senate inquiry into consultancies
Ban Consulting Firms Who Breach Public Trust: Parliamentary Submission
The over-use of consultancies has corroded Australian democracy. It hollows out public sector capacity and leads to bad government decisions.
The interests of consulting firms differ from the public interest, making consultants a poor substitute for public servants.
Governments should only use consulting firms under narrow circumstances, and be more transparent about their conflicts of interest, contracts and findings.