Commentary on the book

The commentator will discuss Parliament's Secret War inquiry of the constitutional convention, which is celebrated as representing a redistribution of power from the executive towards a more legitimate, democratic institution. It will address a number of persistent problems revealed by the book, including Parliament's lack of access to relevant information, government 'legalisation' of parliamentary debates which frustrates broader discussions of political legitimacy, and the skewing of debates via the partial public disclosure of information based upon secret intelligence.