Gov 2.0 report card

Former head of the Government 2.0 Taskforce, Dr Nicholas Gruen, hands in his report card.

The former head of the Government 2.0 Taskforce, Dr Nicholas Gruen, has handed in his report card on the major parties' use of Gov 2.0 principles.

[Editor's Note: Please see Dr Gruen's comment below. This "report card" should be viewed as simply Dr Gruen's impressions and not an in-depth analysis piece].

Labor Senator, Kate Lundy A really very prominent backbencher, Kate Lundy, who as a shadow minister, was switched on by this stuff. She brought it into her own practice and used it to leverage her own influence in a fantastically creative and productive way.

She's a fair way ahead of the Greens from what I've seen, but that could be because she's maybe she's drawn herself to my attention more than they have – I can only report what I see.

When she became aware the Gov 2.0 report was being launched she was very active to get it launched at her public sphere event, which we did. She was just right in there participating and that's not been the case with any other parliamentarian.

Former Labor minister, Lindsay Tanner, and former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd The Labor party had people like Lindsay Tanner - who is unfortunately going - interested in cabinet, and [Kevin] Rudd was also interested in it, how committed is not clear because you only find that out when people have to make difficult choices and priorities, and he had other things to think about.

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard Is only just now putting her toe in the water. I don't know how to rate her views on open government, except she's been part of the process that has produced a first class declaration of open government in the existing government.

As far as Gov 2.0 participation is concerned Gillard’s involvement has been fairly elementary. A month ago she said 'it's time to take the plunge' [on Twitter], good on her, she's learning the ropes I think.

Liberal MP Treasurer, Joe Hockey Full marks to Joe Hockey for trying to disrupt the ghastly thing called question time with Twitter. Tweeting during question time is a good thing. Question time is not an avenue for political accountability, it's an avenue for political point scoring.

Liberal MP and former Leader, Malcolm Turnbull I posted a post on [my blog] Club Troppo asking 'whether there are any coalition members of parliament that get Gov 2.0, comparable to ALP'.

A few people suggested Malcolm Turnbull which makes some sense, because I sort of noticed he was quite good with emails and Twitter fairly early on Malcolm Turnbull seems like a more switched on parliamentarian or senior member of a party than most to Web 2.0 issues, but there may be others in the ALP who are doing as well whom I’ve not noticed.

Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam He seems to be doing it a bit, you might have expected more from the Greens given their community base There were no Greens in there participating in the Gov 2.0 Taskforce with anything like the vigour that Kate Lundy did.

Web 2.0 election campaign: Rudd v Gillard Doesn't seem she's doing it with the vigour he did it, but that's not a criticism just an observation, I think politicians see these media as vehicles for them to get their message out and that's what you would expect.

Gov 2.0 think tank The Centre of Policy Development has impressed me the most regarding Web 2.0. The other think tanks are all adept at using Facebook and Twitter to get their message out – as lost of pollies are, but CPD really does try to use Web 2.0 as a platform to get work done – like Kate Lundy. They sent us an excellent compilation of opinion from the frontline of Web 2.0 for their submission to the Government 2.0 Taskforce.

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Nicholas Gruen

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It wasn't a "report card". If it was a report card I would have done some research. It was some impressions I was asked for over lunch - which is not to say that I'm unhappy that the comments were made public - I was aware they would be, but they're no more than my impressions - and I hope the degree of weight one can put on those impressions is reasonably transparent in the way they have been expressed.

Trevor Clarke

Staff

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Thank you Dr Gruen for the comment. I have inserted a note at the topic of the article to reflect the point your comments were general impressions and not an in-depth analysis.
Trevor Clarke
Editor

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