Friday 24 February 2017
(scribe/author: Pam Smith)
|Session 4: Broader Governance Reforms #2
Panel: Graeme Orr, Nicholas Gruen, Peter Timmins (online), Jeff Collins, David Morris, Eric Withnall
|*Graeme Orr’s initial presentation not transcribed here. See Robyn Smith summary of this session for Graeme’s contribution.
Comments and questions
Question – If we did end up with a Charter of Rights what about creation of a tribunal? The head should be a supreme court judge. Climate change act to consider impact on what we plan. Little substantive change to environmental laws.
Comment – Drivers for the introduction of an FOI in the NT was because a lot of people could not get the information they needed. Having an act made you think about decisions more carefully ( Clare Martin)
Comment – Should start again to make it less complex
Comment – revision of environmental law in the NT is critical.
Response – Could end up with situation where every decision is paralysed by analysis
Question to Jeff – Your proposal about review committees. What is the membership?
Response – They will be parliamentary members.
Comment – Tony Blair experience – ardour cools for this when in office
( FOI). We do need champions for the idea that people have a right to know