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The Westminster Tradition

The Westminster Tradition

Unpacking lessons for the public service, starting with the Robodebt Royal Commission. 
In 2019, after three years, Robodebt was found to be unlawful. The Royal Commission process found it was also immoral and wildly inaccurate. 
Ultimately the Australian Government was forced to pay $1.8bn back to more than 470,000 Australians. 
In this podcast we dive deep into public policy failures like Robodebt and the British Post Office scandal - how they start, why they're hard to stop, and the public service lessons we shouldn't forget.
Episodes
The Hon John Hill, on being a MinisterJuly 09, 2024
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Andrew Podger AO: Is Thodey public sector reform on Steroids or Valium?June 25, 2024
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Andrew Podger AO: the induction, tenure and bravery of SecretariesJune 11, 2024
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The Essendon Footy Club supplements scandal (part 3): regulation in a changing worldMay 28, 2024
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The Essendon Footy Club supplements scandal (part 2): what’s it like to investigate Australia’s biggest sports codes?May 13, 2024
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The Royal Commission we should have? The 2013 Essendon Football Club supplements scandalApril 29, 2024
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Sue Vardon AO, inaugural CE of Centrelink: On learning while in the jobApril 16, 2024
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Sue Vardon AO, inaugural CE of Centrelink: On lawyersMarch 30, 2024
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'Do it now, get it right later': payment (in)accuracy in Centrelink - setting the stage for RobodebtMarch 19, 2024
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Mr Bates v Post Office part 4 - the roll out of HorizonMarch 04, 2024
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Mr Bates v Post Office part 3 - accepting a lemonFebruary 20, 2024
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Mr Bates v Post Office part 2 - a very poor procurementFebruary 06, 2024
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Mr Bates v Post Office - shades of Robodebt?January 24, 2024
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Bonus episode: Sue Vardon AO - inaugural CE of Centrelink (1997-2004)December 26, 2023
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16. Taking responsibility - lessons from RobodebtDecember 01, 2023
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Bonus Episode: Dr Darren O'Donovon on centering the victims of Robodebt, the fragmentation of knowledge and accountability, and the creation of moral discomfortNovember 16, 2023
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15. Behavioural insights in Robodebt: at last, an argument!November 08, 2023
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14. The Grinch that stole ChristmasOctober 17, 2023
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13. Pink Batts and Robodebt - lessons not learnedOctober 09, 2023
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12. Robodebt as algorithm (part 3) - Jurassic Park ICT and AISeptember 05, 2023
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11. Robodebt as algorithm (part 2) - random number generator decision-makingAugust 22, 2023
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10. Robodebt as algorithm (part 1) - junk data and Swiss cheeseAugust 05, 2023
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9. Why is it hard to hear whistleblowers? The lessons from RobodebtAugust 04, 2023
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Bonus Episode: The Robodebt Report is out - early thoughts and reflectionsJuly 13, 2023
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8. Advice is just advice - what the lawyers knew about RobodebtJuly 01, 2023
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