It's a culture thing: We can't blame governments for all our problems

John Warhurst
Updated July 2 2021 - 2:58am, first published November 7 2019 - 4:00am

When a minister reacts to a damning royal commission report by attributing the problems revealed to wider social issues rather than to government neglect, she/he can be criticised for just trying to shift blame. After all, governments are meant to be held accountable, aren't they?

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John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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