Motion That the National General Assembly endorse the following transparency and disclosure principles as measures to be considered by local government across Australia to demonstrate leadership in good governance and transparency. 1. Public disclosure on council website of a full lease register detailing the terms of any arrangements with third parties who occupy council-owned land and buildings. 2. Annual public disclosure on council website details of independent valuations of council-owned land and buildings above a threshold of $1 million. 3. Disclosure in council annual reports the employment terms of their five most senior officers including name, position, remuneration and length of contract. 4. Making an audio recording of council and committee meetings available alongside the formal minutes where practicable and affordable. 5. Allocation of at least 15 minutes each month to unscripted oral public questions at a full council or committee meeting. 6. Periodic disclosure on council website of expense claims made by councillors. 7. Pre-approval of interstate and international travel by councillors at an open council or committee meeting.The City of Melbourne will be resolving in public today on how we will vote on the 80 ALGA resolutions. Based on the extraordinary attitude displayed in 2015, next year it might be tempting to adopt the City of Sydney approach of not bothering to attend. Then again, this year’s line-up features Tony Abbott, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Nationals leader Warren Truss, although Truss is the only one of these five federal MPs who has committed to turn up and isn’t still listed on the program as “invited”. *Stephen Mayne chairs the Finance and Governance committee at the City of Melbourne and was not paid for this item.
Mayne: local government peak body shows disdain for council transparency
The peak national body for councils in Australia has shown its disdain for good governance and the City of Melbourne's motion on disclosure and transparency.