The Chief Minister has announced that he’d like to hear what the community want by way of consultation in the future.
He’s also promising to think about opening the doors on FOI.
Should be all sorted out and everybody happy some time after we re-elect him?
UPDATED: Zed has sensed a degree of community cynicism here and is putting the boot in.
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ANOTHER UPDATE: Jon Reynolds sent in the following on this issue:
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – even if it takes 6 years to get there…
The ABC News online has an article continuing on with the theme of Labor overhauling their community consultation processes to provide residents with more information.
Well blow me down! Something I have been advocating for a long time has finally been adopted!
Back in good old days of February 2002 (when I was involved with the former Gungahlin Equality Party) I put out the following media release (now archived for posterity on the National Library PANDORA Archive):
- Community consultation starts with true accessibility and awareness.
“The ACT government needs to provide a single, easy to use Internet web site for all advertisements, public notices, and localised letterbox drops from the various ACT Government agencies and departments”, says Party President Jonathon Reynolds.
The Canberra Community is often frustrated in their attempts to locate ACT Government public notices that advise of current issues and topics. Often these notices are published only once in obscure sections of local newspapers. Alternatively, one has to know exactly what to look for and where to look on the existing plethora of ACT Government web sites. Calling the Canberra Connect switchboard seldom results in a simple or direct response as there appears to be no single centralised register.
The Gungahlin Equality Party calls on the Chief Minister to give full accessibility to public notices by instructing the ACT Government administration to create a single centralised web site that gazettes, archives, categorizes or otherwise make readily accessible all such notices.
Having all ACT Government public notices available on-line will make them fully accessible to the whole community, not just those who have purchased or read the newspaper on the relevant day. Additionally given that many of the ACT public libraries now offer free public Internet access, this becomes a cost effective and equitable way of ensuring every member of the community has ample opportunity of being informed.
“True community consultation and information only occurs if the public is aware that the government is actually seeking feedback or advising on particular topics and issues. One has to wonder whether the way that public notices are currently published is a deliberate attempt by the government to minimise community awareness and involvement”, concluded Mr. Reynolds