The Member for Canberra, proud to represent those who choose to vote in Federal elections (who said voting in Australia was compulsory everywhere?), elaborated yesterday in Parliament on the Government's plans to:
- Provide access to the Commonwealth Ombudsman to review Norfolk Island Government decisions.
- Provide residents with access to Norfolk Island Government records under Commonwealth freedom of information laws.
- Protect the privacy of residents under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Privacy Commissioner for records held by the Norfolk Island Administration.
- Allow residents to appeal to the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal against a range of decisions made by the Norfolk Island Government and the Administration.
- Implement a framework for public financial management and reporting more closely aligned to the framework used by the Commonwealth including allowing the Commonwealth Auditor General to conduct audits of the Administration’s financial statements.
- Establish benchmark standards of conduct for Members of the Assembly consistent to those that apply in the States and the Commonwealth.