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  • When experts conflict

    Posted 25/10/2013 by Luke Buckmaster
    Making decisions about complex public policy issues inevitably involves the assistance of experts. On occasion, however, experts in a given area disagree in their judgements. In such cases, how can non-experts go about deciding which experts to believe? Expert disagreement is one of the issues addressed in a recent Parliamentary Library research paper, Expertise and public policy: a conceptual guide. As noted in the paper, expert disagreement poses a problem because by definition non-experts ... Read more...

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  • Expertise and public policy: don’t just ask the experts

    Posted 22/10/2013 by Matthew Thomas
    In recent years the number of highly technical policy issues considered by the Australian Parliament has increased. This means members and senators are obliged to grapple with the technical issues associated with all manner of topics, some of which have scientific or technological aspects.  But in order to reach a considered position and to have an authoritative basis for decision making, members and senators must achieve some grasp of these technical issues. Thus, members and senators often fin... Read more...

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