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Establishment of a forward planning group



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"The Opposition has established a Forward Planning Group to prepare the blueprint for the operations of the next Liberal- National Party Government", Mr Andrew Peacock, Leader of the Opposition,/ announced today. ' '

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"The Committee is Chaired by David Connolly, M.P., who is well known for his work on the reform of public administration as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. The Committee members are drawn from the Parliamentary Party, the Party organisation, the private sector and academia. .

"It will complete its report by June 1984.

"The Forward Planning Group has been established following the recommendations in the Valder Report that a review is needed to 1prepare detailed recommendations on the organisational structures and processes needed to carry out the Coalition's program on its return to Government1.

"It is essential that the Opposition develops policies consistent with our philosophy. The Committee's task is to study how these policies can be applied in the most cost-efficient and effective manner.

"The Forward Planning Group will examine the structure of the relationships between Ministers and their Departments; the most effective administrative arrangements for the implementation of government policy; desirable administrative reforms within the

public sector; and the relationship between Ministers and Statutory Authorities.

"This will be the most comprehensive review of the machinery of government ever undertaken by the Coalition Parties."

The guidelines for the Committee's review are attached.

Contact: David M. Connolly, M.P. - (02) 221 1283 (02) 44 2516 (ah)

18 December 1983.

Inquiries: 062 - 732125

FORWARD PLANNING GROUP

Areas for study:

1. Support for Prime Minister, Cabinet and Ministers

- Roles of Prime Minister and Ministers

- Political support for Prime Minister and Cabinet

- Non-political support for Prime Minister and Cabinet

- Role of task forces and IDC's

- Political support for Ministers

- Recruitment and training of political support staff.

2. Organisation of Parliament and Executive

- Parliamentary sessions and sitting hours

- Schedule of principal Party, Cabinet and Committee meetings

- Machinery of principal meetings and inter-relationships with the Parliament

- Government Parties' Committee system

3. Organisation of Ministry and Departments

- Organisation of departments and statutory authorities

- Allocation of departments to Ministers

- Appointment of assistant Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries

4. Management and Role of the Public Service

- Definition of career service

- Managerial philosophy of the Public Service

- Management development in the Public Service

- Senior level appointment system

- Roles of the P.S.B., Treasury and Finance in relation to other departments

- Implications of Public Sector unionism

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Relationships with State and Local Government

- Mechanisms for co-ordination of policy

Role of Statutory Corporations

- General policy questions

- Privatisation program

- Methods of control of Statutory Corporations remaining in public sector .

Fiscal Control

- The budgetary process '

- Methods of exercising strategic and tactical control

Communications

- Integration of policy formulation, policy implementation and communications strategies

- Cabinet l e v e l , communications, machinery and processes

- Communications support for Prime Ministers and Ministers

- Links between central organisation, Prime Minister's and Ministers* offices, parties and states,MPs,and the public

Training for Government

- Seminars for Office Holders

. Organisation of Ministerial Offices

. Relations with Departments

. Machinery and Structure of Government

. Relations with Interest Groups

Processes for Policy Regeneration in Government

- Input from Ministers

from Departments from Parliamentary Parties from Interest Groups from the Electorate

Co-ordinating Machinery