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  1. 2010 April 11
    Madeleine Kingston permalink

    My plea to Senators and Joseph Ludwig is to approve the recommendations of the Gov2 Taskforce as tabled on 22 December 2009.

    There are so many reasons to endorse moves that will embrace government reform through innovative initiatives as the recommended in the Government 2.0 reform proposal – with the aim of “making our public service the world’s best.”

    There is much room for collaboration with partners within and outside government, to look for stitch-in-time option where things may be going wrong, and to identify good ideas that can be collaboratively and transparently considered in the formation of
    “closer and more collaborative relationship with their government. Australia has an opportunity to resume its leadership in seizing these opportunities and capturing the resulting social and economic benefits.”(Key Point 2 of Final Report).

    The Key points of the Final Report mention that
    “Leadership and policy and governance changes are needed to: shift public sector culture and practice to make government information more accessible and usable; make government more consultative, participatory and transparent; build a culture of online innovation within Government; and promote collaboration across agencies”

    Darren Whitelaw General Manager of Corporate Communication at Victoria’s Department of Justice in his invited Guest Post on 31 December expressed his personal view of the costs of setting up and delivery of Gov2, but he also of the risks of not implementing this existing project with so much potential to develop a more collaborative, inclusive and democratic government. I support that view and all of the recommendations of the Taskforce.

    The Former Cabinet Secretary and Special Minister for State Faulkner, Senator John, in his Address on Transparency and Accountability Agenda 30 October 2008

    “Ladies and gentleman

    United States Senator Alan K Simpson once said: “If you have integrity nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity nothing else matters.”
    Transparency ensures appropriate visibility to government actions and the political process. I’ve personally taken the view after many years in both politics and Parliament that there’s no better way to achieve integrity and accountability within government and government transactions than by promoting transparency and openness.

    Australians must be able to know how their government works and have confidence that authority is exercised appropriately.”

    It is those sentiments and observations that I would like to bring to your attention as you consider the implications of the Taskforce’s recommendations.

    As a latecomer and enthusiastic stakeholder I join many others in seeking positive outcomes with the Gov2 proposal and await your final decision. The future of effective public policy is at stake.

    Madeleine Kingston

    Individual Stakeholder

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