Gillard Government Giving Up On Accountability

Senate Opposition Leader, Senator Abetz, today said the Gillard Government was giving up on accountability by failing to answer questions placed on notice at Additional Senate Estimates in February.

Figures supplied by the Senate Clerk’s office show that 58% of questions on notice are still outstanding after two months, despite a requirement that all questions be answered by 12 April.

Five portfolios and agencies – Resources, Energy and Tourism, Austrade, Immigration and Citizenship, Infrastructure and Transport, and Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport - failed to answer any questions whatsoever by the due date.

Two portfolios - Defence and Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy – have only managed to provide one answer each, despite being asked 137 and 452 questions respectively.

“This appalling performance had undoubtedly been made worse as a result of the chaotic Ministerial reshuffle which followed Labor’s recent aborted Leadership challenge,” Senator Abetz said.

“This new benchmark is one of which the ALP should be absolutely ashamed.”

“Clearly the Government is just giving up on accountability as it focuses on campaigning rather than governing.”

“The Greens remain complicit in this lack of accountability despite promising a new paradigm,” Senator Abetz said.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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