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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tasmanian Deputy Premier to drive democracy improvement program

Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett continues to emphasise commitment to his 10 point plan to restore trust in democracy, assigning responsibility to Deputy Premier, Attorney General and Minister for Health Lara Giddings to drive and implement the program, and reiterating "this is a very important priority for me".

Advertisements have appeared for a director (at $85000pa) to run a two year review program on Freedom of Information and Public Interest Disclosures, a timetable that seems,well,leisurely to say the least. I'd be a bit cautious about locating responsibility for democracy improvements of this kind in a "legal" department:while lawyers have a role and contribution to make, the public policy and management issues aren't necessarily best left to those who see the world through a legal prism.

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