The Productivity Commission’s hard-charging chairman Peter Harris has shown himself to be perfectly willing to upset the government, making a point of repeatedly complaining about its failure to ask the PC to undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s not quite as blunt as his TPP effort, but in his foreword to this year’s PC annual report, he drops this complaint about the government ignoring PC reports it finds inconvenient:
“In recent years, Government responses to our reports have been provided in some cases only after substantial delay. While it takes time for Commission reports to be absorbed, and it is not always the case that matters are given to the Commission with the expectation of immediate action, it would be preferable for public policy development to take place in a relatively timely fashion. It should not become the practice that an inquiry, having been commissioned, is allowed to languish for many years.”
Boom. Still, plus ca change, Peter … Some of us are still waiting to hear the Howard government’s response the PC’s review of broadcasting from 2000.