Gary Banks AO was the Chairman of the Productivity Commission from its inception in 1998 until 2013. His thoughts on the process of achieving significant policy reform are a useful primer for any MP.
The first of the two links is a speech given in 2010, which looks at the elements for success in achieving difficult policy reform, including the experience of the ‘reform era’ in Australia in the 1980s and 1990s.
The second looks at the practical steps in delivering evidence based policy, and was a paper prepared for the Australian Public Service Commission. It covers the importance of data, evidence, good process and a receptive policy environment in developing well designed public policy.
These are relatively longer reads, but packed with insights.