Carmen Lawrence

Carmen Lawrence

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    Moves to set-up Commission on Government

    7/12/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    The Western Australian Government today moved to set-up the Commission on Government (COG) recommended by the Royal Commission into Commercial Activities of Government and Other Matters.
     
    Premier Carmen Lawrence said the Commission on Government had the support of the Lower House of State Parliament, but the Opposition-controlled Upper House had sought to delay indefinitely its implementation.
     
    The Royal Commission had recommended COG be established without delay.
     
    "I am not prepared to allow the conservative parties to thwart the reform process I started by calling the Royal Commission," the Premier said.
     
    "The establishment of the Commission on Government is consistent with today's discussions of a national approach to the disclosure of political donations at the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments," she said.
     
    "Both moves are in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
     
    "The Liberal and National parties are attempting to subvert the work of the Royal Commission because they find the commission's recommendations do not suit them.
     
    "Western Australians deserve better than an Opposition hell-bent on trying to introduce partisan politics into the recommended reform process of both Government and Parliament."
     
    The Premier said the positions of chairperson of the Commission on Government and four part-time commissioners would be advertised nationally from tomorrow.
     
    The Leader of the Opposition would be consulted about the appointments.
     
    The commission would be established initially through administrative means and legislation introduced early next year to make COG a statutory authority.
     
    Dr Lawrence said the Royal Commission recommended - among other things - that COG inquire into the State's secrecy laws, standards of conduct of public officials, whistleblower legislation, the role of Parliament and the electoral system.
     
    "The Royal Commission envisaged COG would play a central role in the reform process," the Premier said.
     
    "Its formation should be welcomed by my political opponents as a positive step towards restoring public confidence and trust in our democratic system."