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Democracy & Reform

I co-authored the Charter of Reform, the most radical reform agenda proposed in state politics this century, aimed at opening up political decision making processes, increasing scrutiny of public administration, making Freedom of Information more accessible, protecting Whistleblowers and strengthening the independence of the Auditor General, Judiciary and Ombudsman.

I am committed to continued reform of Parliament and the political system to implement the principles of the Charter of Reform.

Democracy and Social Justice

Only Independent members in the Legislative Assembly voted against fundamental changes to our democracy, including using the threat of terrorism to justify detention of people who havent committed a crime, and allowing courts to accept majority jury verdicts.

Open and Accountable Government

Following Parliament's adoption of my Freedom of Information Amendment (Open Government - Disclosure of Contracts) Bill, Government contracts worth over $5 milion must now be open to public scrutiny and information about smaller contracts must be made public. In the wake of the Cross City Tunnel furore, disclosure of publice/private partnership deals will give greater public confidence in major infrastructure projects.

Ethics for MPs

As a member of the Legislative Assembly Privilege and Ethics Committee, I helped develop a new Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament, and amendments to the Constitution (Disclosure by Members) Regulation. Our recommendations would expand the definition for bribery, require greater disclosure of secondary employment, provide clearer guidelines for financial disclusure and mandatory updates, and require MPs to avoid conflicts between personal and public interest.

Recent related information:

State News 60, February 2011: My focus for the past term as Member for Sydney was to keep inner city issues on the parliamentary agenda, such as our environment and sustainable living... (1/02/2011)

Welcome Election Funding Reform: This week Parliament passed a bill to reform election funding which I hope will improve public confidence and create a fairer political system. Election funding rules must ensure all citizens... (12/11/2010)

Election Funding and Disclosures Amendment Bill 2010: Second Reading Speech—I support the Election Funding and Disclosures Amendment Bill 2010, which will introduce much-needed reform for election funding... (9/11/2010)

Sydney Peace Prize Lecture: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House—Good evening. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land... (3/11/2010)

Public Service Integrity Legislation: Question without Notice— (27/10/2010)

Public Service Integrity: The public service is vital to the present and future operations of the State. While most public servants do the right thing, the NSW Ombudsman continues... (15/10/2010)

Constitution Amendment (Recognition of Aboriginal People) Bill 2010: Second Reading Speech—Ms CLOVER MOORE (Sydney) [12.19 p.m.]: I strongly support the Constitution Amendment (Recognition of Aboriginal People) Bill 2010... (22/09/2010)

Government responsibility for public lands - Moore Park: Urgent request to the Premier to ensure that discussions about the future of public lands and assets are public, no further erosion of open space at Centennial and Moore Parks be stopped... (9/07/2010)

City and its Neighbourhoods Could be Trashed if CSPC is Destroyed: Community views could become irrelevant in decisions about major development if the NSW Government succumbs to call from some members of the development... (9/07/2010)

Review of CSPC Threatens to Strip City of Planning Powers: I urge you to join the City in opposing a rushed review of the Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) that could further remove elected representatives... (25/06/2010)