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Adjunct Professor Peter Loney is founder of the Legislative Leadership and Governance Group, Alfred Deakin Research Institute , Deakin University, Australia. Prior to this he was Executive Director of La Trobe University’s Public Sector Governance and Accountability Research Centre. He was a Member of Parliament in Victoria (1992 –2006), during which time he held a number of parliamentary positions including Deputy Speaker, Chair of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, Chair of the Australasian Council of Public Accounts Committees, Chair of Privileges Committee and member of the Standing Orders and Law Reform Committees. He also held a number of Shadow Ministerial positions. Since leaving parliament he has worked with a number of organisations including World Bank Institute, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, United Nations Development Program, Centre for Democratic Instiutions and the Parliament of Uganda to deliver parliamentary training.
Professor Loney has presented papers as a Visiting Specialist at the National Conference of the Association of Public Accounts Committees in South Africa from 2001 – 20013, and at conferences relating to public sector management in Vietnam and in Helsinki (Finland). Professor Loney, has also presented papers on financial oversight at conferences of parliamentarians in Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Grand Turk, Maldives, South Africa, Pakistan and Thailand and at a meeting of Pacific Forum Parliaments in Samoa. In 2013 he was invited to make a keynote presentation at the World Conference of Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption in Manila He has also made study visits to a number of legislative audit offices including the National Audit office (England), Government Accountability Office (USA) and the Congressional Budget Office (USA). His publications include Beware the Gap! – Parliamentary Oversight or Parliament Overlooked? and Executive Accountability to Parliament – Reality or Rhetoric?, and contributed the chapter on Strengthening Parliamentary Scrutiny of Public Expenditure to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Centenary publication “The Evolution of Commonwealth Parliamentary Democracy: The CPA at 100”
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