Greens arc up on Simon’s care free care taker mode

johnboy 19 September 2012 4

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is taking up a point we’ve been making here for the last few days:

The ACT Greens leader Meredith Hunter has called for ACT Labor to explain how it has not breached caretaker conventions by releasing policy documents during the pre-election period that have been prepared by the public service.

Since caretaker period commenced on Friday 14th September there have been at least two significant policy announcements.

The Caretaker Convention states at section 3 that:
“it is desirable that decisions be announced before the start of the caretaker period.” and “If circumstances require the Government to make a major policy decision during the caretaker period that would potentially commit an incoming government, this should be done in consultation with the relevant opposition and cross bench spokesperson.”

No such consultation has taken place.

“The ALP has some questions to answer such as why have they waited until one month out from the election to release these public service reports”, Ms Hunter said.

We eagerly await the answers.

UPDATE 19/09/12: Well that didn’t take long!

Policy announcements by the ACT Government are consistent with the guidelines set down for the caretaker period, Attorney General Simon Corbell, said today.

“The Government has announced a series of policy decisions which were agreed to by the Cabinet prior to the caretaker period commencing, these have included Action Plan 2 of the ACT Governments Climate Change Strategy, as well as two final master Plans for Tuggeranong and Erindale,” Mr Corbell said.

“These policy decisions were concluded by the Government during the last Cabinet meetings of the current term of Government, the caretaker provisions do not prohibit the government of the day from announcing policy decisions made prior to the date the caretaker period commences.

“While it is always the Governments preference to release policy documents and decisions of the Government prior to caretaker, in circumstances where this is not practicable due to the close proximity of the decision with the caretaker period the guidelines do not prohibit their announcement during this period.”

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4 Responses to Greens arc up on Simon’s care free care taker mode
ghughes ghughes 8:34 pm 19 Sep 12

The Erindale Masterplan was decided a month ago, but only released today. Take Care –

housebound housebound 4:49 pm 19 Sep 12

This is when Labor should tell us everything else they have already ‘decided’, but want to announce in an election campaign.

Clearly the caretaker laws need to be revised.

c_c c_c 2:10 pm 19 Sep 12

I think Ms Hunter forgot to read her own announcement, the key phrase being:

“that would potentially commit an incoming government”

Haven’t observed anything that would fit this description. I thought caretaker conventions were intended not to stifle campaigning, but to prevent a potentially out going government from leaving a grenade for the next one.

johnboy johnboy 2:02 pm 19 Sep 12

Now with Simon’s response.

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