Can the Executive Influence the “Independence” of the Auditor-General under the Auditor-General Act 1997 (Cth)?
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This article addresses the "independence" of the Auditor-General under the Auditor-General Act 1997 (Cth), and how the formal regulation (the matrix of legalities) applies to promote the Auditor-General's role in making the Executive transparent and accountable. The article demonstrates that the "independence" delivered under the Act is essentially symbolic and that avenues remain for the Executive to influence the Auditor-General. The article concludes that the effectiveness of the formal regulation of the Auditor-General's "independence" under the Act depends on a vigilant Parliament.
Australian Journal of Administrative Law
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