Nick Perry had an interesting post on New Matilda, Another Rudd Green Plan Bites The Dust?, that gives some further examples of the type of thing I have been talking about in my reforming Australian public policy series. A post on my personal blog, Education and Australian skilled migration: a policy catastrophe? gives a further example.
Oddly since it is such a big failure, I am a little cautious about arguing that the skilled migration example necessarily supports my case that we have a pattern of systemic failure in Australian public policy and administration. I suppose I say this because as a former senior public service manager, I am not sure that I would have spotted the particular outcome from the 2005 expansion of MODL, the Migration Occupations in Demand List, while I might well have argued for hard responses in dealing with the problem.
To the degree that I might use this example in future, then I will be looking at three things:
- the nature of and reasons for the lag in recognising that a major problem was emerging.
- the wording of this announcement and the way this affected events.
- the extent to which the Government has plans in place to respond to the problems likely to emerge from this decision.