Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Too many questions

“I’ve got a thirteen point plan to make sure we have better democracy, better debate, better accountability in the Parliament…We’ll be open and transparent and we understand the separation of powers. We will end the secret state.”
Steve Bracks, August 1999.

Bracks' own ministerial responabilities fail the transparency test. In his secondary role as Minister for Multicultural Affairs, overseeing the Department of Victorian Communities, he has outstanding questions on notice to answer.
The first of these was lodged on the 16th of September 2004(!) regarding mobile telephone services. The second was lodged on the 22nd of March 2005, and regarded alcohol purchased. This is only the tip of the iceberg, as Ministers responsible to the Premier have over 400 unanswered questions on a whole variety of issues.
Bracks and his ministers must commit to answering these questions before the state election; for the public to make a fair judgement on all the evidence available


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