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Friday, August 28, 2009

Federal Cabinet 101

Verona Burgess in today's Australian Financial Review mentions the Federal Government Cabinet Handbook available on the web at PM&C, in the first Rudd Government edition. A little hard to find even on the only cabinet page so here it is -Cabinet Handbook (Sixth Edition)

Those unfamiliar with the mysteries of cabinet and how it operates, as well as those who work in the system, will find this of (well some) interest. Among a lot of other information about process, and the importance of confidentiality are details of what are regarded as cabinet documents, and co-ordination steps where a Freedom of Information application extends to documents of this kind. An appendix provides the membership list of cabinet committees-information that doesn't seem to be up elsewhere on the web-and the subject of this comment last year.

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