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Curtailing democracy - letter to Sydney Morning Herald

PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:26 am
by HVPA_research
CONGRATULATION TO GRAEME O'BRIEN FROM BULGA!
Graeme succeeded in getting his letter to the editor of Sydney Morning Herald published this weekend. He is absolutely right. When more then 10,000 citizens expressed their opposition against CSG gas-drilling in the Hunter vineyards and some of the votes were collected on-line then this is not acceptable to our politicians. Yet it is encouraged that the same citizens pay their taxes and even traffic fines on-line. I wonder how would our parliamentarians react if, say, AGL Energy managed to get 10,000 on-line petition signatures of local residents in support of the gas mining in residential areas!


Curtailing democracy

The Premier, Barry O'Farrell, made much of the announcement that if a petition with greater than 10,000 signatures was received then it would be debated in Parliament.

The NSW Legislative Assembly standing orders do not envisage online petitions, nor does it accept them. It has not kept up with technology.

Is this a way to limit the number of petitions being presented?

Graeme O'Brien Bulga

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/letters/list-of-the-fallen-should-include-all-the-victims-20110930-1l1pn.html#ixzz1ZfXPXTTw