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Monday, July 02, 2012

Sunshine in shaded parts of Parliament House

While we await further news from Attorney General Roxon about that "anomaly" that the parliamentary departments turn out to be subject to the Freedom of information Act, up pops a report from a parliamentary committee that has been quietly looking over the last 12 months at strange goings on in the Department of Parliamentary Services. All prompted by Senator Faulkner's questions about what happened to the billiard tables. 

The Interim Report of the Senate Finance and Public Administration regarding the  Performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services commences:
The Senate referred the inquiry into the performance of the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) to the committee in June 2011. The committee received both public and confidential submissions which raised significant issues particularly in relation to the employment culture of DPS, the issue of bullying and harassment within DPS, management of heritage values and, of course, the sale of the billiard tables from the Staff Recreation Room.
Hmm, transparency, disinfectant, all that. The committee continues to dig.

Reminder from September 2010.

"What the Australian people told us, and they told us this in no uncertain terms on that day and on the days that have followed, is this: that we will be held more accountable than ever before, and more than any government in modern memory. We will be held to higher standards of transparency and reform, and it's in that spirit that I approach the task of forming a government......To quote Rob Oakeshott, sunshine is the best disinfectant, and we've agreed to far-reaching reforms that make me as Prime Minister and our government and how it functions more accountable to the Australian people. So, let's draw back the curtains and let the sun shine in; let our parliament be more open than it ever was before."

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