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By Anne Tiernan, Jennifer Menzies

During this monograph, Anne Tiernan and Jennifer Menzies capably chart the customarily detrimental terrain of the ‘caretaker interval’ that ensues from the time an election is termed till a brand new govt is shaped. it is a panorama fraught with political and administrative risks - really for public servants who're required to ‘mind the store’ and retain the elemental equipment of presidency going. The conventions characterize an ancient accretion of customized, perform and ideas, usually leavened with uncertainty. In tackling their topic, Tiernan and Menzies draw upon their shared earlier reports as public servants and ministerial ‘staffers’ in addition to the top criteria of educational scholarship - this can be a ‘must learn’ for politicians, public servants and scholars of presidency.

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Thereafter, a summary of the guidance on caretaker conventions, with an emphasis on Cabinet matters, was incorporated as part of the 'Cabinet Handbook'. At less than two pages it is far less detailed than the DPM&C guidance document (which now runs to 10 pages). It is reviewed and updated after each election on the advice of the Government Division of DPM&C, which provides assistance to agencies in interpreting the conventions during the caretaker period. Increasingly, guidance documents are being presented as helping ‘to avoid controversies about the role of the public service’ during the caretaker period (DPM&C 2004).

Ironically, the sanctions for a breach by the bureaucracy are more real and enforceable than the moral or political sanctions applying to politicians. For example, at the commencement of this monograph, we noted that the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) was asked to investigate a complaint from the Leader of the Opposition that departmental officers had acted in a politically partisan way (CMC 2004, p. 2 Although it was clear that the CMC had no jurisdictional power over the Premier (CMC 2004, p.

The sections of the guidance documents on the taking or implementing of major policy decisions acknowledge the reality of political incumbency in that the Government will be maximising its term in office by making decisions right up to issuing of the writs for the election. Both sides will be making major policy commitments throughout the campaign and these commitments will be the centre of extensive media analysis and debate. The claim that a decision was taken prior to the election is hard for an Opposition to challenge because of the confidentiality of Cabinet decisions.

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