“Socio Economic Impact Assessments (SEIAs) should be high on the news agenda. That they are not, undermines the critical role they can and should be playing in keeping politicians honest.
SEIA is the nearest we will get to a guarantee that there are no underhand dealings, vested interests, hidden agendas or backroom trade-offs driving government policy. SEIAs are the basis of trust between the people and policy and are vital in the current political climate where politicians are using state resources to line their own pockets. Policy without a bona fide SEIA has no credibility. However, a badly-executed SEIA done in haste merely to tick Cabinet-mandated boxes arouses suspicion.”
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