Treasury and Economic Policy - Beyond the Dismal Science

John Wanna*

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    'Treasury advises and assists the Treasurer, and through him the Government, in the discharge of his and its responsibilities in relation to economic, fiscal and monetary matters. The Department's main responsibilities lie in the field of general economic management', Treasury, Annual Report 1983. 'The Treasury's mission is to improve the wellbeing of the Australian people by providing sound and timely advice to the Government, based on objective and thorough analysis of options, and by assisting Treasury ministers in the administration of their responsibilities and the implementation of government decisions', 'You can't really evaluate the performance of Treasury in terms of "outputs and outcomes" in any formal or public way because most of the time we are dissuading Treasurers and governments from doing stupid things', Senior Treasury Official 2000. 'We once had a "Treasury line", but now we are more pluralistic', Senior Treasury Official 2010. 'Treasury's executive board hunts as a pack, they trust each other and they've known each other for long times', Senior Treasury Official 2010.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)347-364
    Number of pages18
    JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


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