[LINK] E-participation pilots in Australia?
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat Feb 16 12:33:51 EST 2008
At 09:05 AM 16/02/2008, Steven Clift wrote:
>With the change in government, is there any renewed interest in
>fostering online citizen participation in governance and community
>across Australia? ...
I wonder if this could be implemented for the Australia Government's
2020 summit <http://www.australia2020.gov.au/>. The idea of everyone
collecting in one place for two days to work out the future of a
nation seems a quaint last century idea. Instead online forums could
be used before, during and after the summit.
The Australian Government Information Management Office has
experience at using online forums with their GovDex system
<https://www.govdex.gov.au/>. This is intended just for bureaucrats
to talk to each other, but provides a precedent and some experience
which might be used for e-participation. There is also an AGIMO
Online Policy Consultation Better Practice Checklist
Another group who may be interested are "Online Opinion" who run
online forums and ran some events in conjunction with the last
election <http://forum.onlineopinion.com.au/>. I am on their
editorial advisory board.
I put in a nomination to attend the 2020 Summit. However, I have
serious doubts about the idea of such "Town Hall" meetings. I have
been to a few real ones of these in actual town halls and do not find
them a particularly useful way to run a town. But I guess at least
with a virtual one, I will not have to drink the awful coffee they
usually serve. ;-)
More seriously, the idea of a town hall meeting seems like window
dressing on the actual political process. The citizens get a chance
to say something and so feel part of the process, meanwhile the real
process is going on behind closed doors. Peter Chen researched some
of the Canberra process in his PHD thesis
<http://eprints.unimelb.edu.au/archive/00000240/>. There is also his
A Guide for Public Sector Managers"
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