The machinery of government in Queensland 1915 to 1978

B.A. Cotterell (1980). The machinery of government in Queensland 1915 to 1978 Master's Thesis, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland.

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Author B.A. Cotterell
Thesis Title The machinery of government in Queensland 1915 to 1978
School, Centre or Institute School of Political Science and International Studies
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1980
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Supervisor Prof Kenneth Wiltshire
Total pages 297
Language eng
Subjects 160601 Australian Government and Politics
Formatted abstract

This thesis examines the Queensland machinery of government, defined as,       

"The broad organizational plan on which Ministers rely for the

 discharge of their executive responsibilities". (1)           

Queensland was originally part of the colony of New South Wales and its political system is based on the British Westminster system. This is a Cabinet system of government comprised of Ministers of State supported by ministerial departments and sub-departments which, with the Governor, constitute the Executive arm of government. The first Chapter discusses the role of the Governor, and the composition and role of the Executive Council and the Cabinet. It then sets the theoretical context of the study and outlines the classification scheme adopted in order to comment in a meaningful way on the vast number of administrative agencies that were in existence in 1915 or have been established since then.        

Chapter Two further sets the historical pattern by outlining the administrative developments up to the time of J.D. Story's Report on the Public Service in 1919 and traces his influence and that of the Public Service Commissioners and the Board on developments from that time onwards.      

Chapters Three and Four outline the changes in ministerial portfolios, departments, and sub-departments, in what is basically an historical narrative. In these chapters, the factors which have influenced the distribution of functions over the period are identified. Chapter Three covers the period of the Labor government (1915-1957) * and Chapter Four the Country-Liberal Party government (1957-1978).       

Chapter Five examines the co-ordination process at the ministerial and departmental level and Chapter Six examines the changes to the machinery of government over the period. It concludes that no criteria have been universal applied to the distribution of functions. It provides an outline of the many factors which influence the process and suggests possible improvements to the process.  

(1) Anderson, The Right Hon. Sir John, "The Machinery of Government" in Public Administration (London) Vol. XXIV No. 3 Autumn 1946 p.147. 

* This period also covers the Moore Country Progressive National Party government which was in power from 1929 to 1932.

Keyword Queensland -- Politics and government

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