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Previous Roadshows (including audio files where available)

As we mentioned in this blog post, this page hosts audio files from most of the Open Forum events that were held around the country between August and September 2009.

We’d like to use this as an experiment in crowdsourcing and collaboration. The question we have for you is: can you help us find a better way to provide these files? See the blog post for more details about what we’re looking for.

You’ll find the files available to stream and to download in MP3 format below:


When: Monday 17th August 2009, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Where: Knibbs Auditorium, ABS House, 45 Benjamin Way Belconnen

Audio: Canberra Open Forum MP3 (13MB)


When: Wednesday 19th August 2009, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Audio: Melbourne Open Forum MP3 (32.2MB)


When: Thursday 20th August 2009, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Where: Smith Room, Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney

Audio: Sydney Open Forum MP3 (28.3MB)


When: Tuesday 25th August 2009, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Where: Central Eagle Street, 175 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Audio: Brisbane Open Forum MP3 (26.1MB)


When: Thursday 27th August 2009, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Where: Collins Street Centre, Corner Collins St & Shaftesbury St, South Perth

Audio: No audio recorded


When: Tuesday 1st September 2009, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Where: Enterprise House, 136 Greenhill Road,  Unley

Audio: Adelaide Open Forum MP3 (13.9MB)


When: Tuesday 22nd September 2009, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Where: Grand Mercure Hotel, 34 Murray Street Hobart

Audio: Hobart Open Forum MP3 (11.9MB)


When: Friday 25th September 2009, from 10:30am to 12:30pm

Where: The Holiday Inn, 334 Flinders Mall, Townsville

Audio: Townsville Open Forum MP3 (27.5MB)

35 Responses
  1. 2009 August 12

    It’s great to see you guys getting out an about and talking to people around the country, however I would like to ask why the restriction to the capital cities?

    In each of the states, you can travel for an hour and hit a whole new set of issues relating to Gov2.0 than those faced in the city, especially those concerned with the lack of infrastructure and distance.

    I would really encourage the gov2au taskforce to take a field trip out to the regional centres and sit down with the people on the frontlines there.


    • 2009 August 14
      Ros Handley permalink

      The needs of people in rural areas are very important if we are to ensure that Government 2.0 is accessible and practical for all.

    • 2010 April 12
      Madeleine Kingston permalink


      The issue of regional inclusion is not limited to Gov2.

      I have seen impacts in all sorts of ways including with assessment of energy policy issues and presumptions made that are extrapolated from urban to regional issues.

      Totally agree with you that a dedicated regional focus is required.

      If the Project is accepted and becomes a reality more pressure needs to be placed on considering regional issues as a discrete challenge.

      Have just responded to Kishan’s posting, who missed out also in the NT.

      Hang in there – assuming you read this.


      Urban Newcomer.

  2. 2009 August 12

    Nice one, Taskforce. Government 2.0 isn’t just about doing things online, as efforts like The Public Sphere have shown. It’s about getting out there and being open to input and ideas of any sort.

    It’s not about the technology, but it’s not not about the technology, either.

    Perhaps you could support these efforts and the work you’re up to on the blog and behind the scenes with some form of online community we could all contribute to over time? That way the input is sustainable and recorded for posterity.

  3. 2009 August 13
    Gordon Grace permalink

    [ Propellerhead whirs...]

    Has the secretariat considered marking up these events (for easy discovery and re-use by humans and machines alike) with the hCalendar Microformat, or providing ‘Save Event’ links via X2V, or adding a mailto: link to the RSVP address?

    [Propeller slows slightly as user manually copies and pastes event details into calendar, switching back and forward between applications... ]

    • 2009 August 13
      Michael Harris permalink

      I would agree with James’ comments on taking these roadshows out of the city. As an agency webmaster who’s focus/targets are predominatly regional and rural customers we’re always considering their needs and limitations in the context of online content delivery. Bandwidth is always top of the list, followed by quality and capability of technology used by such groups. Would be nice to see rural/regional perspectives on these issues.

      @Gordon: Nice to see that I’m not the only one who spotted the irony of not using Web 2.0 methods for advertising these events.

  4. 2009 August 13
    Brett permalink

    The short time frame between notice and registration closing is a little annoying.
    Only found out about this a short time ago and the registration for the local event is already closed.

    • 2009 August 13

      Hi Brett,

      We acknowledge the short time frame and understand the difficulties of the situation. We’re therefore extending the deadline for RSVPs for the Canberra event until midday tomorrow August 14.


      Taskforce Secretariat

      • 2009 August 13
        Brett permalink

        Thanks, registration has been sent :)

  5. 2009 August 13
    adam piro permalink

    Great to see the TaskForce actively engaging the States/Territories.

    I will see all the Adelaide peeps on 1st September.

    • 2009 August 21
      Adrian Hall permalink

      I will be at the Adelaide one, as well.

  6. 2009 August 14

    Please note the Canberra Open Forum on Monday August 17 2009 is now fully booked.


    Taskforce Secretariat

    • 2009 August 14

      I missed out :-(

      Hopefully you’ll have a good number of ACT and Federal government representatives on the day.

  7. 2009 August 14

    I’m interested to attend this RoadShow and am curious about your proposed agenda and how it might be used to take this process beyond a “presentation” format into an open forum format without overwhelming the facilitators or participants.

    This may be a little late in the day, but using this comment stream, or a wiki, or even a Google spreadsheet to gather questions/voting/burning issues may be helpful.

    It would also help, in terms of valuing the 2 hours’ duration, to understand what the time allocation is to each of the Agenda items.

    Also, will you be streaming/videoing/audio recording the participation from either the presenters, audience or both? These could serve as valuable reference matter if the events are well structured, as well as letting attendees see how the event evolves as it travels around (as it inevitably will).

  8. 2009 August 18
    Kerry Webb permalink

    Something that was raised (if only tangentially) at the Canberra Roadshow was the Terms & Conditions that public servants must sign up to if they want to use social networking services in their official capacity. Some of these T & Cs would expose the government to potential problems with liability etc.

    The US Government addressed this by getting their GAO to negotiate special T & Cs with the major services which government employees could properly agree to.

    I suggest that the Taskforce considers a similar negotiation on behalf of all Australian government jurisdictions.

  9. 2009 August 18

    While it sounds like the first roadshow had some teething problems, it seems to have been quite successful, surfacing up issues and concerns and giving the Taskforce more to chew on (as if that was needed).

    However, one issue that seems to have emerged is an apparent conflation on the part of the Taskforce of Government 2.0 and Web 2.0. If this is the case, I think it’s a terrible risk and a very bad path to be heading down.

    Government 2.0 and Web 2.0 are demonstrably not the same thing, although they share, at times, significant common themes.

    I think it needs to be made clear on the part of the Taskforce that Government 2.0 is not just about using social networking tools in a government context. This is much the same issue that is often faced when discussing the business world equivalent, Enterprise 2.0.

    Putting it simply, Government 2.0 is as much, or more about the significant cultural and operational shift that needs to take place as it is about the tools. I’d argue that the tools are nothing more than a framework to ensure sustainability over time.

    The definition we use at the Australian Gov 2.0 Google Group serves us well:

    “Government 2.0 is not specifically about social networking or technology based approaches to anything. It represents a fundamental shift in the implementation of government – toward an open, collaborative, cooperative arrangement where there is (wherever possible) open consultation, open data, shared knowledge, mutual acknowledgment of expertise, mutual respect for shared values and an understanding of how to agree to disagree. Technology and social tools are an important part of this change but are essentially an enabler in this process.”

    • 2009 August 23

      What you said, Steve – doubled!

      What a shame it would be to repeat – so unnecessarily – the circuitous path taken in the Enterprise 2.0 journey, to find that culture is crucial and the tools the enablers for the new, open culture.

  10. 2009 August 19

    Some shared online events calendar(s) would also be useful and give opportunities for future use and maximization of participation and outcomes of these Roadshows in the future… For example with the Sydney meeting this is being held the day after a two day Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) 11th Annual conference with the clear nexus here some of the 300+ attending the ASCCA event from around Australia might have stayed on OR specific discussion on Govt 2.0 Task Force could have been incorporated into their program… I’m all for working smarter not harder, and as a Micro Business operator there is only so much time I can spend on my community Volunteer life in any one week *sigh*

    • 2010 April 12
      Madeleine Kingston permalink

      Cheryl (Landgon-Orr) (CLO) from 19 Aguust 2009

      You have hit the nail on the noggin.

      The concept of smart planning and timetabling has been a big issue with me for years, especially in terms of government-organized meetings, presentations, consultative processes.

      Many would-be attendees at information sessions and so-called consultative workshops; and would-be participants in the more formal consultative initiatives are either double or triple booked or too exhausted from one effort to even contemplate others.

      I can hardly believe for example, in my own case as a person of unusual stamina, enthusiasm, persistence that I cannot appropriately contemplate the five formal submissions that face me or do justice to any of them, given the short time-frames the huge volume of reading material and the concentration involved.

      Why? Over-lapping deadlines, inadequate timetabling; poor inter-body collaboration and planning in the timetabling of events; and general inter-body collaboration are significant obstacles.

      What I am doing instead. Relaxing. Blogging on Government sites, notably Gov 2.

      Will my distraction have any impact on policy outcomes? Unlikely

      What will happen if I fail to meet any of the deadlines that I had originally been committed to? Nothing. Most policy decisions are pre-determined; blocked at Ministerial level; inadequately considered; or else entirely un-influenced by external in-putters?

      What does this mean? Effective partnerships do not exist. Citizen-Government partnerships are not only rare but the cultural, political and attitudinal barriers are yet to be surmounted.

      Should we give up? Not yet.

      There is much potential for Gov2, assuming it will go beyond shop-front approaches, mean so much more that Web 2 technology; and represent a meaningful dialogue with interested stakeholders across the board, from “needle-in-the-haystack” contributors to the more obvious either already established with government through direct employment or contractual association; and also assuming that a genuine partnership; is sought beyond sourcing of ideas generally; and that a genuine commitment to true collaborative democracy is sought.

      Are planning skills and commitment at optimal level? No. Optimization of participation cannot be achieved without this.

      What is required?

      Top level governance and leadership.

      Planning – from the top down, from high level policy to the nitty gritty of calendar planning, giving room for adjustment of dates and failure to meet planned deadlines, but always in a spirit of collaborative effort between all bodies and parties concerned.

      Strategic planning and direction that leads optimal operational outcomes – the theory and practices gaps are perennial and apply to all sectors of management within and outside government.

      Why are we all still here? Hope.

      Hope runs eternal in the human breast. Can’t remember who said it. (Up to a point)




  11. 2009 August 19
    Michael Cordover permalink

    Any word on a Hobart date?

    • 2009 August 19

      Hi Michael,

      We’re aiming to hold a roadshow event in Hobart on Tuesday September 22nd, but are currently still working to arrange a venue. We’ll update this page once we have the details confirmed.


      Taskforce Secretariat

      • 2009 August 19
        Michael Cordover permalink

        Thanks Secretariat!

        Though there are only like three venues in Hobart, so it shouldn’t take you that long… :P

  12. 2009 August 20
    Chris Parnell permalink

    Enjoyed the Roadshow in Melbourne last night. Good to be with so many people all talking the same language and putting forward many exciting innovations. A thoroughly innovative and enjoyable session.

  13. 2009 August 26
    Dan Loa permalink

    I attended the Brisbane roadshow yesterday. I had an expectation of hearing what the Taskforce had come up with to date and learning from from those who have time dedicated to addressing the web2.0 issues and how they relate to government.

    To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I’m afraid if this is what we expect the roadshows, and by inference the Taskforce, has very little to contribute to the evolution of web2.0 in government. Sure there was some interested parties discussing some theoreticals but nothing of real value to those of us working in the environment.

    When asked to explain “what to from here” Nicolas, the session chair, explained that their role ceased at the end of the year and that they hope to have a report out before then – but didn’t sound certain. I am not sure what other deliverables this project has on its books, and we certainly weren’t enlightened by the panel representing the Taskforce, but if I was the project sponsor I’d be asking for my money back.


  14. 2009 August 31
    Dharma Sri permalink

    I will be at the Adelaide one, as well.

  15. 2009 September 9

    Please note that the Hobart Roadshow is confirmed for Tuesday 22nd September (see updated details above). We have also included two regional centre events; Bendigo on the 23rd September, and Townsville on the 25th September (see details above).

    • 2009 September 10

      Well done on taking the Roadshows out of the capital cities. Ensuring the Regions have a voice will be very important.

  16. 2009 September 16

    We’ve added the audio from the Adelaide event, and have also provided streaming for all audio files. For more information about our crowdsourcing experiment, please see this blog post.

  17. 2009 September 21

    Please note that the Taskforce Open Forum for Bendigo, due to occur from 1.00-3.00PM on Wednesday 23 September, has been cancelled.

    • 2009 September 21
      Ros Handley permalink

      Will this be rescheduled?

      • 2009 September 21

        Thanks for your query Ros. The event was cancelled due to low attendance numbers so unfortunately we don’t anticipate rescheduling at this stage.

  18. 2009 September 23

    We’ve now added the audio file for the Hobart Open Forum that was held on September 22nd.

  19. 2009 October 19

    The audio file for the Townsville Open Forum has now been uploaded. Please note that our professional recording service could not start at the beginning of the event. Because of this, the beginning of the Open Forum was recorded on a handheld device, and that recording has then been combined with the professional recording that captured the rest of the event. You can hear the transition from one recording to the other at approximately the 14:25 mark of the audio file on this page.

  20. 2010 January 22
    Kishan permalink

    Its a shame that the roadshow didnt include the NT. I have to admit that i am very new to this however in the position that i am in, as a public servant, i find it almost impossible to ignore the need for me to engage with the NT mob that is online (pertaining to my work).
    I stumbled across all of this totally by accident.
    As i am trying to launch a web2.0 intervention project for STI/BBV this report will become the backbone of my work in this field (if approved)./

  21. 2010 April 12
    Madeleine Kingston permalink

    Kishan (Public Servant NT)

    Like you I stumbled on Gov2 – a pure accident.

    I am not a public servant. But I am engaged (as evidenced by my multiple postings, all belated and after the fact. Newcomers have a lot of lot time to make up for and twice the reading volume. Take it slowly.

    Wish I had known about it early. More fun blogging than responding to poorly planned formal consultations, most overlapping with dates and indeed in terms of goals, impacts and legislative deadlines.

    Instead of focussing on thye disatger areas I am getting to know more about6 Gov2 – in hope tht this will bring better outcomes with governancy and polocy. It is so much mkore than Web design and technology or information availability.

    Hang in there.

    My personal experience has been that it is possible to form warm relationships by remote methods.

    Sorry the Road show did not hit the NT where you needed it.

    Still not too late to join the dialogue. That you bothered to respond to this at all is evidence of you wish to engage. Keep persisting. No-one can miss you good intent and wish to engage.



    Fellow Newcomer

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