Contributions to parliamentary debate and the extent of media coverage indicate high public interest in the Commission’s work and its potential influence.
During 2018‑19, about 92 federal members and senators referred to at least 33 different Commission reports or inquiries, or to the Commission’s role in policy processes. During the 2018‑19 sittings of state and territory parliaments, about 127 members referred to 44 different Commission publications or inquiries, the Report on Government Services, or to the Commission’s role.
Throughout the year, the Commission released videos to coincide with the release of its draft reports for the Murray‑Darling Basin Plan: Five‑year Assessment and Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans in order to reach a wide audience of interested parties.
The Commission rated, on average, more than 210 mentions a month in media in connection with the six completed inquiries and studies in 2018‑19. The Commission’s self‑initiated research reports also informed the public debate, including Rising Inequality? A stocktake of the evidence, which brought together the latest and most complete evidence on inequality.
The Commission’s reports also continued to be widely cited in academic literature in 2018‑19, including recent reports, such as the 2017 Shifting the Dial: 5 Year Productivity Review, and older reports, such as the 2001 Australian Gambling Industries inquiry.