No More Government Business Behind Closed Doors

One of the most important focuses of my campaign is my intention to create a government that is open, transparent and accountable to its people.

For far too long it has been acceptable practice for government business to go on behind closed doors.

The Australian public has almost resigned itself to the fact that this is the norm, that this is how the government does business.

 

One of the most important focuses of my campaign is my intention to create a government that is open, transparent and accountable to its people.

For far too long it has been acceptable practice for government business to go on behind closed doors.

The Australian public has almost resigned itself to the fact that this is the norm, that this is how the government does business.

Elected politicians make decisions that directly affect our health, well-being, and future, without having to be accountable to us for those decisions or effects.

The only accountability is on election day – and these same politicians will make decisions and give us information that helps them  get re-elected.

As a result, government decisions are focused on short-term gains and political self-interest.

The government holds information aloft, and then proposes whatever policy and legislation that it likes.

It often does so in defiance of what this information shows or what experts recommend.

I believe that every Australian, including our youngest citizens, has the right to relevant information to help them make informed decisions for themselves.

Recently $400 million worth of funding was pledged to ‘help’ the Great Barrier Reef. That funding was awarded to a small company without a tender process that was comprised of representatives of Australian business, science, and philanthropy and is supported by companies including BHP, Qantas, Rio Tinto, Google and Orica.

Too much is kept behind closed doors and hidden from us because politicians think we don’t ‘need to know’.

This also includes:

  • Withholding important information about the extent and immediate danger posed by global warming and climate change
  • Withholding statistics and research results about child safety
  • Expert medical opinion about the obesity crisis and mental health epidemic
  • The tender process for the Adani mining proposal
  • The questionable funding of a security company on Manus Island made available through Minister Dutton
  • The proposed funding injection into Christmas Island detention centre, which in a period of 6 months has opened and closed its doors as the debate about refugees continues
  • Closed decision-making processes about mines and forestry agreement

And much, much more.

I want there to be open disclosure of government business.

We have a right to know how and why decisions are made. I want to create a government of complete transparency including all high-level business deal, contracts, and tender processes.

I also want there to be real-time disclosure of election campaign donations, which we currently find out about months after the fact.

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