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Who wins the trophy for being our laziest MLA?

By Jonathon Reynolds 7 August 2008 44

WIN News had this little gem buried in one of its news stories on Tuesday, 5th August 2008.

These two charts indicate the total number of representations made by each MLA on behalf of the community / constituents during the current Assembly term (i.e. since the 2004 election). According to WIN news the figures for cabinet members (ministers) were not made available.

Respresnetation from ALP and crossbench Members

Liberal Represetnations

Whilst it can be argued that each member does undertake multiple roles in the Assembly (including such tasks as committee work), it becomes abundantly clear from these figures that some members of the current Assembly appear to be harder working and actually had a real interest in representing their constituents. Others appear to have been far more content to sit back and simply suck on the teat for the last four years.

Perhaps the upcoming October election is an opportunity for a “changing of the guard” and a real chance to flush those that are not prepared to work hard in representing their constituents from the Assembly.

Comments from MLAs, their staffers and party hacks in defence of these figures are particularly welcomed.

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jakez 2:18 pm 08 Aug 08

Roland GRNS said :

And I think the figures are only for letters written by the Member to a Minister. they may not include questions on notice, phone calls or emails.

Questions on notice with follow up media etc can often have a bigger impact on policy than a simple constituent representation.

Similarly, but oppositely, an email or phone call can often get an immediate result for an individual.

In terms of work load, there are other measures as well including how much and how well members contribute to assembly debates, amend legislation, and work on committee inquiries.

I agree. Forgive my still naive idealism but politicians should be more than well paid customer service reps/receptionists.

Roland GRNS 1:58 pm 08 Aug 08

And I think the figures are only for letters written by the Member to a Minister. they may not include questions on notice, phone calls or emails.

Questions on notice with follow up media etc can often have a bigger impact on policy than a simple constituent representation.

Similarly, but oppositely, an email or phone call can often get an immediate result for an individual.

In terms of work load, there are other measures as well including how much and how well members contribute to assembly debates, amend legislation, and work on committee inquiries.

peterh 9:47 am 08 Aug 08

LG said :

Crikey – what’s the junket / fact finding tour about? Will she be able to report her findings before her term ends?

and who else is on the junket?

LG 9:42 am 08 Aug 08

Crikey – what’s the junket / fact finding tour about? Will she be able to report her findings before her term ends?

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