[LINK] Australian E-government Case Studies
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Dec 10 09:46:16 EST 2004
At 09:04 PM 12/8/2004, rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au wrote:
>Tom Worthington wrote:
>>If e-democracy is going to happen it will have to be despite the existing
>>political processes ...
>Why is "in spite of" an imperative, Tom?
The imperative is to make the change. Those in power are unlikely to agree
to a change which undermines their authority. So if you want to introduce
e-democracy you have to make "them" comfortable with it, or do it without
As an example of a change which might be authorized, I suggested in 1997
that one quarter of the sitting days of Parliament in Canberra be replaced
with video conference sessions from the members electorate offices
<http://www.tomw.net.au/TWCL97C.HTM#parliment>. This could be done without
any changes in law or the Constitution and with a few changes to procedures.
A video conference Parliament would be much like the current face to face
one and be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The radical part of the
proposal was to replace a quarter of the sitting days with store and
forward text based conference from the electorate offices. That would
fundamentally change the way the system works.
Tom Worthington FACS tom.worthington at tomw.net.au Ph: 0419 496150
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