1 – Governance

Good Governance, Ethical Behaviour and Anti-Corruption

The government’s purpose is to ensure widespread community confidence in Government and  its employees. Good governance is at the heart of everything done in government, covering the culture, processes, systems, policies and practices used to guide everyday operations.

Good governance creates confidence in Government. It ensures Government delivers what it says it will deliver and that it acts in an ethical way. A key aspect of good government is Ethics. Democracy depends fundamentally on public trust, and ethical behaviour must be actively pursued and nurtured. Council is committed to openness, transparency and accountability.

As the independent Member for Robertson I will support the cross-bench push for an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) with full powers and funding to investigate significant corruption cases.

Corrupted political processes which hide from, or de-power the community at large, are the very processes which provide fertile ground for those who put personal ambition and private gain ahead of the Common Good and the will of its citizens.

As independent member for Robertson I will rigorously support the cross-bench push for a Commonwealth Integrity Commission. I will hold government and opposition to account to ensure it is not watered down to the point of it becoming just a PR exercise but instead becomes a significant instrument for cultural change in the Parliament.

Elements/Actions:

1.1 Central Coast Council:

1.1.1 Council will ensure that all Councillors have undertaken Code of Conduct and other training required under the Local Government Act prior to the first meeting of a new Council.

1.1.2 Council will provide and ensure all Councillors receive all necessary ongoing training to assist Councillors’ in fulfilling statutory requirements.

1.1.3 Council will provide leadership training to Councillors and staff, This training will focus developing capacity-building for an effective democratic local government.

1.1.4 Council will seek to discover acts/processes of corruption, and prosecute, and penalise. This will include confiscation of monies and property.

1.1.5 Council will seek and act upon legal advice concerning the best way to pursue anti-corruption strategies associated with various positions: the Mayor and Deputy Mayor; Councillors; senior Council management; other Council employees; Council consultants and advisors both professional and volunteered; pre-planning and planning procedures and processes.

1.1.6 Council will ensure all Council contracts will be awarded consistent with public tender requirements.

1.1.7 Council will deliver good governance through strategic management and involvement of local community.

1.1.8 Council will ensure its business relationships are ethical, honest, fair and consistent. Council’s business dealings will be transparent and open to public scrutiny.

1.1.9 Council will run an annual, full weekend marquee-style event, with associated entertainment, possibly associated with other elements of this plan. This event will include public and private [anonymous] forums to which Central Coast residents can go if they believe they have been treated unjustly by Council, an employer, an employee, a vendor, local government authorities, NSW Government authorities, Federal Government authorities, or that they have evidence of government corruption. These forums may be organised to cater for different topical areas anonymously or officially: pensioners; ADF veterans, homeless people; aged persons’ housing contracts; public housing; Indigenous Australian issues; multicultural issues .

1.1.10 Council will have a written plan for continuous improvement.

1.2 NSW Government:

1.2.1 Council will seek to enlist the NSW Government’s support for advocacy for the establishment of a national and Independent Commission Against Corruption.

1.3 Federal Government:

1.3.1As Independent Member for Robertson I will use my position to create a culture of good governance and ethical practice across all parliaments and government agencies and departments. This includes a federal ICAC and Integrity Commission.

1.3.2 Council will advocate, in public and government forums, for the establishment of a national and Independent Commission Against Corruption.

1.3.3 Digital and deliberative democracy initiatives. I will support the trial and eventual implementation of initiatives that enhance citizens becoming more directly involved in the democratic process. This includes, but not limited to:

  • Digital democracy initiatives –
  • Citizen Juries
  • Deliberative Democracy initiatives
  • Secure voting initiatives

The bulk of these policies come from the Community Plan Central Coast , to be seen in plain text.

1.3.3 Comes from my involvement and investigation of enhanced democracy initiatives.

Commitments made by me as a candidate of a more immediate nature are in blue.