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Well, an independent appointments process. It seemed to me that the media have a very deep-seated fear that the Government or politicians would somehow try and influence the composition of a body like this in a way that was adverse to their interests. And it was very important to have a guarantee that that wouldn't happen, that there wouldn't be political inference. How realistic that fear is, is a matter on which different views are possible.

But I notice in the recent Australian system, they propose having the heads of three great universities as the independent appointment body. Perhaps going a little far.

But it seems to me it's got to be a body like the judicial appointments commission, which is demonstrably and unarguably independent of political influence, and that's the important point.

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