Ministerial Advisers in Westminster Systems


Ministerial Advisers in Westminster Systems

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


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T: 03 8344 5284

Political advisers have risen in significance in Westminster countries, and have been increasingly thrust into the limelight by headline scandals and through their characterisation in various television series. This increased prominence has led to greater scrutiny of their role and influence. This talk will develop an accountability framework for regulating political advisers. I argue that the traditional Westminster vertical accountability mechanism of ministerial responsibility to Parliament has become less effective in contemporary times. The multi-faceted nature of a Minister’s role, combined with a 24 hour news cycle, mean that horizontal accountability mechanisms, such as the Ombudsman, Auditor-General and the media, have become increasingly important.

Light lunch will be provided.


  • Dr Yee-Fui Ng
    Dr Yee-Fui Ng, Senior Lecturer