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June 6, 2005

Jason Koutsoukis, writing in The Age, reports that the Howard Government is going to flex the Government's muscle in the Senate to wind back the accountability mechanisms in the Senate. Jason says:

The Howard Government is moving to weaken the Senate committee system of its deepest sources of embarrassment and the Parliament's most effective means of scrutiny.....The Senate estimates process - described by the Clerk of the Senate, Harry Evans, as one of the best government accountability mechanisms in the world - also faces emasculation.

The most likely outcome will be a cut in the number of estimates rounds from three to two, limits on the time allowed to ask questions and the power to rule unwanted questions out.

Harry Evans, the Clerk of the Senate, says that:

The worry is that what might be called the loyalists in the Government party - who are just totally loyal to the Prime Minister and who regard that as their main role - will start dismantling accountability.The great danger is they will decide to nobble the system.

I reckon those fears are well grounded. Democracy is going to nobbled, no doubt about it.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:06 PM | | Comments (0)