Those who hail from Queensland are being uniformly panned for swinging the election. But wanting to cleave the state from the continent merely illuminates a lack of knowledge. Let me school you.
Professor Anne Tiernan is Dean of Engagement in the Griffith Business School. Prof Tiernan's research focuses on the work of governing. Her scholarly interests include: Australian politics and governance, policy advice, executive studies, policy capacity, federalism and intergovernmental coordination. She has written extensively on the political-administrative interface, caretaker conventions, governmental transitions and the work of policy advising. Prof Tiernan is author of books including: Lessons in Governing: A Profile of Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff and The Gatekeepers: Lessons from Prime Ministers’ Chiefs of Staff (both with R.A.W. Rhodes, Melbourne University Publishing, 2014), Learning to be a Minister: Heroic Expectations, Practical Realities (with Patrick Weller, Melbourne University Press, 2010) and Power Without Responsibility: Ministerial Staffers in Australian Governments from Whitlam to Howard (UNSW Press, 2007). With colleague Jennifer Menzies, she has recently published a second edition of Caretaker Conventions in Australasia: Minding the Shop for Government (ANU Press, 2014). With Professor Julianne Schultz, Professor Tiernan co-edited Griffith Review 51: Fixing the System, published in January 2016. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Australian Politics, forthcoming 2019. Professor Tiernan is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of ANZSOG. She is Chair of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal and an Ordinary Commissioner of the Crime and Corruption Commission. Professor Tiernan was previously Assistant Commissioner, Collaboration for the Public Service Commission; and Member of the Public Records Review Committee of the Queensland State Archives, the Board of Commissioners of the Queensland Public Service Commission, Member of the Board of the Museum of Australian Democracy of Old Parliament House and a Director of St Rita’s College Ltd. Prof Tiernan consults regularly to Australian governments at all levels.