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RECORDING COUNCIL MEETINGS
 
 

ACHIEVEMENT: Council meetings are recorded and maintained as a public record.

TARGET DATE: December 2002 PROGRESS: Achieved.

DESCRIPTION: Councillors frequently make comments that are relevant to the decisions they take in Council. This idea is to ensure that where relevant comments are made by Councillors that their is a mechanism and expectation for those comments to be recorded faithfully.

I proposed this to the Council and it was adopted by the Council. The City of Melbourne has continued to adopt this approach, now recording Council proceedings on tape and recording the relevant comments in the published minutes. This measure, in addition to my adopted proposal to record the votes of Councillors on all formal decisions has created a record of accountability previously not available but nevertheless much needed.

FURTHER INFORMATION: It is my belief that this measure and the adopted measures to record votes in Council and Councillor comments have operated in the minds of elected Councillors to mean their votes are more considered and accountable than they might have otherwise been.

 

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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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