Two better heads for Abbott’s audit

The new leaders of Tony Abbott's audit commission will be able to hit the ground running. That's important – it's a critical opportunity for Australia.

The best thing about the Abbott government’s Commission of Audit is the inclusion of Peter Boxall and Tony Cole: these two former heads of Finance and Treasury know where the proverbial bodies are buried and will start the job with plenty of ideas built up over long careers in the public service.

The group appointed by Peter Costello in 1996 included no former public servants of their standing, which was a mistake. Including Boxall and Cole from Finance and Treasury will make a big difference to the outcome.

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