A Dorothy Dixers free day and pollies’ interests on web

p2160-Natasha-FylesBy ERWIN CHLANDA

 

On Wednesdays Dorothy Dixers – Government Members asking each-other self-serving questions – will be barred from Parliament.

 

This is one reform “aimed at creating a more open and accountable Parliament” announced today by the Leader of Government Business, Natasha Fyles (pictured).

 

She says the Government has already confirmed support for an Independent Speaker, currently Kezia Purick.

 

Significantly, the Register of Members’ Interests will be made available online, “for any member of the public to see,” says Ms Fyles.

 

“Currently, there is only one copy of members’ interests available in Parliament house.”
She also says the Government will be moving that a select committee be formed, including Opposition and cross-bench members, to investigate Parliamentary reform including improving question time, scrutiny of legislation and public participation.

 

“These changes have been developed with a view to placing more scrutiny on government, and to insuring open and transparent government,” Ms Fyles says in a media release today.

 

“The previous Government would routinely rush legislation through on urgency and failed to consult with the community and with the Parliament on their bills.”

 

 

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  1. R Henry
    Posted October 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I agree with Hal. We get enough of paid staff members patting each other on the back on the ABC without getting more from elected members and it is a waste of time (for which the public pays) which could be put towards proper consultations on more important matters that would benefit the Territory and its people.
    As for transparency I doubt if any of our governments would even reach translucence.

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  2. Hal Duell
    Posted October 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

    How about no Dorothy Dixers at all. This time is supposed to be Question Time and used to scrutinize government, not self-promotion time and used to puff.

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  3. Diane de Vere
    Posted October 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I like this bit: “These changes have been developed with a view to placing more scrutiny on government, and to insuring open and transparent government.”

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