10 January 2012

Andrew Barr quietly slips out a Facebook page just for Budget consultation

| Gungahlin Al
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The ACT has dabbled in social media by trying a series of one-hour Virtual Community Cabinets on Twitter, using the hashtag #ACTVCC. But it is pretty hard to have a meaningful discussion about complex government issues in 140 characters or less – including spaces. Or in single crammed sessions held sporadically.

They have also always sought community input on the makeup of annual budgets.

So it was only a matter of time until they put all these issues together and came up with a better way to harvest meaningful community input into the budgets via social media. And that way is to have a dedicated Facebook page for the ACT Budget.

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr MLA launched the page last night to very little fanfare. Interesting, given that this is a pretty ‘out there’ move. I’m sure the #Gov2au fans will be very intrigued.

And for Canberra people – you know what you’ve got to do! Get on there and start contributing. Take the Government at their word and give them something to work with. These ideas flourish or fall on the level of support the community themselves give them.

[ED – One wonders what the team at time to talk make of it]

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Heads up- no street party templates
– no monthly reading list
– no mr Barr gazebos for rent or the like.

Gungahlin Al10:50 am 10 Jan 12

dungfungus said :

Please explain how this helps repair the potholes.

Well perhaps you post something along the lines of:

“I fail to understand why Roads ACT has such a hard time keeping up with basic road maintenance? Even through the drought period they struggled, and then when it started raining again, the full extent of the failure became obvious to everyone. There is a fundamental budget problem when Roads ACT cannot afford to use a decent road reasling method instead of the inferior chipseal approach they currently use. By not spending an adequate amount to do the job properly means that instead even more of the budget is swallowed up in day-to-day repairs. But of course most executives doing budgeting usually only focus on capital expenditure rather than looking at the ongoings, analysing the reasons behind those ongoings, and determining whether there is a better way that could reduce them – even if it means spending a bit more up front to achieve this. I ask the Treasurer to build a new mentality among departmental heads that honestly critiques expenditure and seeks out long-lasting solutions that both provide better services to the community and reduce ongoing expenditure.”

Just a thought…

Please explain how this helps repair the potholes.

All responses should be limited too 140 characters…..

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