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Gunner again cites COVID for his failing to answer questions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
 
Sir – The Gunner Government is once again using COVID-19 as an excuse to suppress scrutiny, this time refusing to answer during the required time frame 736 questions from the Opposition to Ministers.
 
After Parliament was suspended indefinitely in late April, with no budget, no estimates and no ability to scrutinise the books, the Opposition decided to submit specific questions about the operations, spending and activities of its agencies.
 
With question time in Parliament shut down the Opposition had no other choice.
 
Now the Chief Minister has shut down the only avenue of transparency left. This is  total disregard for democratic process and accountability, as the Territory suffers.
 
The questions asked are straightforward including staff number breakdown, travel, procurement, marketing as well as spending on hospitality and events.
 
Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro
 
 
 

2 COMMENTS

  1. All politicians during interviews, especially before elections, should do it hooked up to a lie detector (polygraph).
    They are not 100% accurate but better than nothing.

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