Barry Jones, a longstanding member of Accountability Round Table has written two papers on the state of democracy in Australia from two different perspectives. These provide a context for openness and accountability in Australian government and public institutions.

The first, written in May 2013, describes the simplification of the policy and political discourse in Australia and the difficult of addressing complex problems as a matter of public debate.

POLITICAL RECRUITMENT IN AUSTRALIA
University of Tasmania
Symposium Dinner, Lenna Hotel, Battery Point

Why do we not trust our leaders and politicians?

Barry Jones, Thursday 9 May 2013

The second, written in November 2015, describes the legacy of Gough Whitlam and his contribution to social democracy and thereby to the culture of Australian government and public institutions.

GOUGH WHITLAM AND THE SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC IMAGINATION: THE CHALLENGE FOR CONTEMPORARY PUBLIC POLICY
Conference Rooms at the Female Orphan School Western Sydney University,
Parramatta Campus Cnr James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere,NSW 2116

Gough Whitlam’s vision of social democracy with a focus on parliament and party 

Presenter: Hon Dr Barry Jones AC
Discussant: Graham Freudenberg AM
Friday 6 November 2015