The "more committees" fetish (letter)by M. GordonNews Weekly
, February 16, 2008
Since coming to power, the ALP has announced the creation of a lot of new committees, boards and reviews, with new departments and agencies.
It is good for bureaucrats, but probably not for results. Is this the right way to go? Probably not.
But it makes perfect sense, as Professor Michael Wesley of Griffith University has noted. He says: "Labor … has traditionally suffered from institutional over-enthusiasm: the belief that that by setting up an institution it has advanced towards a solution.
"Often such institutions can have outcomes very different from those that were intended."
This fetishism for new structures is not new, nor are they noticeably successful.(Mr) M. Gordon,