Narrative analysis based Public Policy strategies to promote Ex-offender re-integration in Western Australia.

Mr Pasan Ganegama1

1Western Australian Securities & Exchange Consultancy, Perth, Australia

The study adopts a Narrative Analysis research than the more dominant quantitative data in studying Western Australian Justice system. People make sense of their world where actions are based upon the person’s interpretation of events, societal meanings, intentions and beliefs (Gill and Johnson 2010; Denzin and Lincoln, 2005). The Australian belief in “fair go” and giving a second-chance to offenders is embedded with public sentiment. Ball-tampering saga in Australian cricket and Rugby Australia’s illicit drug policies are all coherent and cogent with very liberal public opinion. The Cricketers, Steve Smith and David Warner now plays for the Australia in international level. But none of the above stories stand as strong as the story of Michael Coutts-Trotter, Current New South Wales Justice Department secretary in 2019. Mr. Trotter is in charge of the largest prison and court system in Australia. He served almost 3 Years of a 9 year prison sentence for conspiring to import heroin to Australia from Thailand. After the conviction he had a trail-blazing career in NSW public service. He was appointed as Director-general of Department of Education and training in 2007 then in 2011 as Director general of the Department of Finance and services. Mr.Trotters competence were praised by seven successive premiers from both sides of the politics. They all judged him on his competence and his ability rather than his criminal pastMr. Michael Coutts-Trotter’s story was a classic example of rehabilitation and redemption. This gives a clear insight to people’s ability to change and make positive contribution towards the society. If the Western Australian Justice system moves towards a more “Restorative Justice system” than current “Punitive Justice System”, on a public policy perspective the offender re-integration will be more appropriate and fitting.


Pasan Ganegama–  BBAMgt (UK), PGDip Marketing, Diploma if Legal Studies. Is an independent management consultant / Research Analyst specializing in the Banking, Legal and professional services sector, with over 15 years’ experience in Australia & Overseas. An Ardent public speaker championing the corporate & Not-for-profit sector. Currently involved with “Australian Institute of Management” – Governance & Leadership program in collaboration with “Office of Multicultural Interests- Department of Local Government,

Sport and Cultural Industries – Western Australia.”


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