ACT Transparency Bill Leap Forward For Taxpayers

Media Release
ACT Transparency Bill Leap Forward For Taxpayers; States and Commonwealth Should Follow Suit

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today welcomed the introduction of the Government Procurement (Transparency in Spending) Bill 2014 in the ACT Legislative Assembly allowing for greater transparency in government spending through the creation of online transparency portals.

“We applaud Alistair Coe MLA, Shadow Minister for Planning & Infrastructure; Transport; Urban Services; and Heritage for taking this initiative to increase transparency and granting taxpayers’ the right to know how government spends their money” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance

“The Australian Taxpayers’ has campaigned for the creation of online transparency portals since our inception. In 2012 we published the detailed research paper, Fiscal Transparency for Australian Governments in the 21st Century.

“Transparency portals have been introduced around the world with spectacular results. The evidence is overwhelming: They are proven to save money, reduce corruption, stop waste, and lead to better government.

“While we hope the scope of reportable information is expanded in the future, and the success of any transparency website hinges on successful implementation, with a user-friendly, easily-searchable, easily accessible online portal, this nevertheless represents a huge leap forward for transparency in Australia.

“Mr Coe has shown exceptional leadership in this area, and it is time other states, and the Commonwealth Government, follows suit and introduces similar legislation.

“Transparency is not a party political issue. Transparency is not a matter of right or left – it is a matter of right or wrong. As such, the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance strongly urges bipartisan support for this bill and the introduction of similar measures in other Australian jurisdictions.

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