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The frustrations of Royal Commissions

9th August 2016

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John Braithwaite

John Braithwaite is a Professor and Founder of RegNet (the Regulatory Institutions Network), now School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

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Australians were rightly ashamed last week to see the Four Corners program on brutality against children at the Don Dale Detention Centre in the Northern Territory. Yes, it is to our credit as a people that we can feel national disgust at this and establish a Royal Commission to report on what we need to do about it.

But it is not to our credit that we can have so many commissions of enquiry over the years—in this case even into the very same problem at the very same institution—and not achieve any permanent institutional change.

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