Min­is­ter aims to pull coun­cil­lors into line

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

mak­ing in­for­ma­tion avail­able on­line. Com­mu­nity News re­porters fre­quently hear sug­ges­tions of record­ing meet­ings raised in coun­cil cham­bers across the city.

“You can stream most things now; it’s not big tech­nol­ogy, it’s not ex­pen­sive tech­nol­ogy,” Mr Tem­ple­man said.

“I don’t want to pre­scribe ‘you must do this’, but quite frankly I think it’s in­evitable.

“Will that im­prove trans­parency? Yes.

“Will it im­prove, per­haps, the be­hav­iour of some coun­cil­lors dur­ing coun­cil meet­ings? Prob­a­bly yes too.”

He said coun­cil­lors could de­flect a lot of crit­i­cism by em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy.

“If you get the mon­grel ratepayer that comes in, and they be­come to­tally fo­cused, they’re liv­ing ev­ery hour of the day, it’s what they wake up for in the morn­ing… at least if you’ve shown due process, then I think in the end those peo­ple are found out if they’re just be­ing vin­dic­tive or they have a vendetta, or their is­sue has been dealt with,” he said.

The next phase of the Lo­cal Govern­ment Act re­view is set to be­gin later this year.

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