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ACT to be the most open government of them all? Twittards Uber Alles.

By johnboy - 23 June 2011 5

katy gallagher

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced her plans to make the ACT’s governance the most open and transparent in all the land.

The plans outlined in a Ministerial Statement to the Assembly today, are set to make the ACT Cabinet the most open in the nation and include a commitment to hold a Virtual Community Cabinet on Twitter next month.

“The ACT already has a strong foundation on which to further develop open government, for example we have the most open legislative framework for access to Cabinet documents in the country. We have always taken a proactive approach to communicating with the public, but we are ready to take the next steps.

“Open Government refers to a way of working, and rests on three principles; transparency in process and information; participation by citizens in the governing process and public collaboration in finding solutions to problems.

“Creation of an Open Government Website will provide a single gateway for access to Government information and engage Canberrans in the governance of the ACT and will be operational within three months. This will enable access to government material released through Freedom of Information through upload to the web once FOI requests have been released to the applicant.

“I will also release a weekly report on key issues discussed and decisions taken by the Cabinet, starting in the first week in July. This will make the ACT Cabinet the most open of any government in Australia. I want the community to be informed about the challenges and issues being considered by Cabinet.

It was sounding so good up until she made it twat based.

Gor those who’ve been lucky enough to miss it thus far here’s the @KatyGMLA tweet stream.


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5 Responses to
ACT to be the most open government of them all? Twittards Uber Alles.
CraigThomler 12:01 pm 25 Jun 11

I applaud the efforts of the ACT government to become more open. However the tactics the Chief Minister outlined are highly dubious and appear more designed for effect than substance.

As Canberra has the highest concentration of people working in Government 2.0 and open government in the country, I would have expected more from the ACT government.

They will certainly receive more criticism if they’re not actively consulting.

I expressed my views fully over at: http://egovau.blogspot.com/2011/06/act-finally-outlines-open-government.html

steveu 8:47 am 24 Jun 11

Keijidosha said :

I care less about an open, transparent Government and more about them being held accountable for the decisions and actions that go pear-shaped. Without accountability, being able to access information through FOI means nothing unless I want a lesson in how not to do things.

SPOT ON. If they were serious, election ‘promises’ would form part of a contract with the people. Would make them more careful about what they SAY they are going to do. Break the contract – and back to election you go…

Mr Gillespie 12:57 am 24 Jun 11

LSWCHP: Here here

LSWCHP 8:52 pm 23 Jun 11

How the f&ck can any communication medium that limits one to bursts of 140 characters or less be seriously considered for the serious and subtle processes of democratic government?

The complete, utter and profound stupidity inherent in this trivialisation of our democratic processes.is insulting and offensive, at least to me.

I’d like to go on, but I’m so annoyed that i don’t think anything I might say would be acceptable on a family-friendly website like RA. Wry smile.

Keijidosha 4:04 pm 23 Jun 11

I care less about an open, transparent Government and more about them being held accountable for the decisions and actions that go pear-shaped. Without accountability, being able to access information through FOI means nothing unless I want a lesson in how not to do things.

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