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  • Parliamentary committee scrutiny of the Commonwealth Ombudsman—Private Member’s Bill

    Posted 10/11/2011 by Nicholas Horne
      
    Source: Commonwealth Ombudsman     2009-10 Annual Report
    A Private Member’s Bill introduced on 1 November 2011 in the Senate by Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown seeks to bring the operation, functions and resourcing of the Commonwealth Ombudsman under the scrutiny of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit. The Commonwealth Ombudsman is an independent statutory office established by the Ombudsman Act 1976 (Cth).The Public Accounts and Audit Committee Amendment (Ombudsman) Bill 2011 follows the resignation of the former Ombuds... Read more...

    TAGS: accountability, governance, transparency

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  • Parliamentary Budget Offices

    Posted 13/08/2010 by Paige Darby
    According to research conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) there has been a growing trend towards greater involvement of national legislatures in budgetary matters in order to increase transparency and accountability of budget processes. The OECD's 2007 project, the International Budget Practices and Procedures database, indicated that out of the 97 countries surveyed, 29 countries had a specialised budget research office and 61 did not. In particular, t... Read more...

    TAGS: accountability, Parliamentary Budget Office, transparency

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