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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 August 2011) . . Page.. 3645 ..


Mr Hargreaves: Yes.

MR SPEAKER: There is no further action on this one then. We will go to Ms Porter with a question without notice.

MS PORTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Chief Minister.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Porter has the floor, thank you, gentlemen.

MS PORTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, the ACT government has begun a new era of open government through a range of new measures—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! One moment, Ms Porter. That is the second time Ms Porter has had her question interrupted. It is unacceptable. Ms Porter, you have the floor.

MS PORTER: Thank you. To continue: can you please provide an overview of these initiatives?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for the question. Members will remember that one of my first acts on becoming Chief Minister was to place out for discussion an open government agenda to improve greater transparency in our processes and in our information and to allow for more meaningful participation by our community in relation to government processes and building stronger collaboration across the government and the community on many of the issues—and there are many—that we need to work on and resolve.

As part of this, we have now implemented a number of these initiatives. We have provided six-weekly cabinet outcomes documents, starting from 6 July, which cover issues that have been discussed and decisions taken by cabinet. And we are developing and growing these outcomes papers as time goes on. We are adding reports where possible to provide more information for the community to see in relation to the decisions taken. We are also continuing our regular community cabinet meetings. Indeed, one has been organised at Namadgi school in Kambah in September. So we will keep traditional means of connecting with the community open as well.

We have also been developing our Twitter strategy. We have had our first virtual community cabinet, which was held in July. We are organising another one, based on the success of that. We have also been developing the open government website. I think the open government website is going to be a really important plank of the open government agenda. As I said at the time, we want to put up on this website material that has been released through freedom of information applications and we are outlining the specifications for this website and some of the design mock-ups, which will be online from today for people to have a look at and provide feedback about whether it meets the purpose that we have set out—that is, what works, what does not


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