With almost Yes Minister-esque irony, the faux consultation process for—of all things—the ACT Government’s reformed Public Interest Disclosure Act shows Open Government was just spin designed to prolong the plausibility of this rabble as an effective and accountable Government.
Yesterday, the Chief Minister tabled the Public Interest Disclosure Bill in the Soviet. I eagerly sought to determine how the Bill had changed from the Exposure Draft released in the shadow of Christmas (22 December 2012), so I headed off to the Legislation Register to download that earlier draft. Low and behold, the Exposure Draft and arrangements for consultation have all mysteriously disappeared! And yes, other previous Exposure Drafts for consultations which have concluded DO remain available on the Register, so I can only conclude that someone has chosen to, or directed that, the original Exposure Draft for this particular consultation be removed.
I was also pretty sure that the Government had committed to publish all submissions received; however, with the arrangements for consultation removed, how can anyone show this? Never fear, in my previous rant, ACTPS_Comms chimed in and assured me as follows: