The Rural Reconstruction Commission 1943-46 remains the most ambitious inquiry ever undertaken into Australia's rural affairs. Despite the Commission's scope it has attracted little interest from historians. This lack of interest stems from an inaccurate assessment of the impact the reports had on policy making. Assessments have emphasised the few recommendations adopted, but have failed to appreciate the Commission's usefulness to governments confronted with the diverse interests and entrenched jurisdictional boundaries that complicate rural policy making.
Whitford, T., & Boadle, D. (2008). Australia's Rural Reconstruction Commission 1943-46: A Reassessment. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 54(4), 525-545. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8497.2008.00514.x