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Thursday, May 08, 2008

When does the future start?

The fact that Minister of State John Faulkner spoke to the Governance group at last month's 2020 Summit was well known, but I hadn't been aware that the text was published on his website.

His remarks again give cause for optimism that the Government will act on transparency and accountability issues, including Freedom of Information reform. It's just when, the detail about what, and the rather strange belief that you can keep talking about culture change(as in promoting a ‘pro-disclosure’ culture in government), when there are no visible signs this is happening. Instead we have the Treasurer still telling us, five months on, that what happens in Treasury on this front is nothing to do with him.

The Rudd Government would have been well advised to have put the message out on 3 December that the future starts now.

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