The Loss of Institutional Memory

“Much is said about the dumbing-down of politics; the 24-hour news cycle; too much polling and poll-driven politics; the decline of community involvement in political organisations; the rise of the political professional; and the decline of “real-life” experience among our politicians. Without doubt, these all play a role. But elements that I think are regularly overlooked are more fundamental: the role of memory and the changing nature of risk-taking in politics. I argue that there is a growing loss of institutional memory about how things have come about, and, more importantly perhaps, why they did.”

Laura Tingle, In Search of Good Government: Great Expectations & Political Amnesia (Carlton, VIC: Black, Inc, 2017), p. 79. ISBN: 9781863959285.