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Environmental governance under scrutiny – sort of…

By 4 February 2009 8

According to the ACT Assembly,  the Territory’s environmental and sustainability issues (or rather the annual and financial reporting thereof) are going to get a serious looking over, and the public is invited to attend.

Only problem is, the first notice about it was issued today, for a half-day hearing tomorrow. Dry stuff for many I’m sure. But how open and accountable is less than one day’s notice of a public hearing, regardless of the subject matter? We’re off to a good start on the whole new ‘open and accountable’ approach…

For anyone who is interested/available at short notice a copy of the announcement can be found online.

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8 Responses to
Environmental governance under scrutiny – sort of…
Econman 8:53 pm
04 Feb 09
#1

Consultation is the death of leadership. Perhaps they have worked this out.

Granny 9:59 pm
04 Feb 09
#2

Are you going, Gungahlin Al?

Gungahlin Al 10:12 pm
04 Feb 09
#3

No – a crunch time at work, but could have been interesting – with more notice.

Econman: my position – based on experience from both sides of the issue – is (I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear) diametrically opposed to yours. A ‘leader’ not prepared to consult is someone without faith in their subject matter. Or themselves.

Granny 10:15 pm
04 Feb 09
#4

I could possibly go if you want me to. Do you think I should?

mr grumpy 11:18 pm
04 Feb 09
#5

tea and biscuits?

Overheard 11:38 pm
04 Feb 09
#6

Gungahlin Al said :

Econman: my position – based on experience from both sides of the issue – is (I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear) diametrically opposed to yours. A ‘leader’ not prepared to consult is someone without faith in their subject matter. Or themselves.

Depends on the nature of the issue and how much consultation.

A leader who does not consult at all should think about packing their bags and asking for a diplomatic posting.

But the other extreme is the syndrome known variously as ‘Death By Consensus’ or ‘Death by 27,000 Rounds of Consultation’.

One that tickled my funny bone some years ago was when the gubermint announced they were going to open consultation with the public on a new number-plate numbering system as the then system was about to expire: Y[alpha][alpha][num][num][num] had reached its end.

Laugh? I nearly soiled myself. Who gives a flying fig what solution you reach for a number-plate? (Apart from the try-hards with the personalised plates like ’2HOT4U’, ‘SLEEK1′, ‘SXYBCH’ etc.)

Make a decision and implement it.

“..the Territory’s environmental and sustainability issues..” — yeah, I’d be expecting a lot more notice and a lot more visibility. Did I say ‘expecting’?

Scratch that and replace with ‘wanting’.

committees 12:39 pm
05 Feb 09
#7

Not too late to catch the hearing live via webstream – http://www.parliament.act.gov.au
All Assembly events can be viewed on-line – as can information about future hearings and other committee inquiries. Sorry you missed the earlier media release!

Gungahlin Al 2:37 pm
05 Feb 09
#8

Except that the Assembly streaming requires Quicktime, which many departmental desktops do not have installed…

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