- takes a very keen interest in the challenges their political leaders face
- has a keen sense of where the national interest lies
- has the ability to put advice to Government in a way that is compelling, where ministers are convinced it is the right thing to do and can effectively be communicated by the ministers to the general public
- has the ability to implement the decisions government takes
- takes a whole-of-economy perspective on the issues and avoids the temptation to adopt a narrow perspective
In addition to this, effective policy makers are required to be sensitive to the policy environment of the day, apply analytical rigour and have an understanding on how policy influences the well-being of the Australian community, individually and collectively.
With resourcing in Treasury being stretched and greater reliance on the broader tax community to consult with Government ministers to come up with solutions, we as the tax community can assist Government by having an awareness of the qualities expected of a policy maker. This certainly helps next time we consider how a submission to Government should be framed when we are lobbying for tax changes.