"If Labor does deliver its 10-point plan in full, it contains practical measures to improve transparency. It clarifies the relationship between police and ministers, provides protection for whistleblowers, improves Freedom of Information access and ensures better funding for the Ombudsman, DPP and Auditor-General......Say it isn't so, Premier.
Mr Bartlett's initial suggestion that a parliamentary committee decide the exact nature of the proposed ethics watchdog has now backfired. The Government's subsequent backdown has cast doubt on his often-stated commitment to openness and on the other aspects of his 10-point transparency plan."
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tassie democracy improvement plan not going quite to plan
The Mercury notes some backsliding regarding the basis for establishing an ethics commission in Tasmania, one element of Premier David Bartlett's 10 point plan to strengthen trust in democracy.