Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Open and Transparent Governance via the Internet

The State Government's $50,000 cost in addressing FOI requests by the Liberal Opposition spokesperson (The Age November 15) pales into insignificance when compared to the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent by the Melbourne City Council seeking to avoid disclosure and accountability related to Council's expenses and details of election results.

The City Council's actions and extent avoidance are an ongoing abuse of process.

With the City Council demonstrating its inability to self-govern, it is now incumbent on the State Government in fulfilment of its commitment to open and transparent government that it embrace new technology and legislate ensuring that access to public information is readily available and published on the Internet and not hidden from public view.

The Local Givernment Act should be amended to require the publication of public documents on the Internet.

Without State Government intervention the City of Melbourne will not come clean

Anthony van der Craats

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