A democratic government is voted in power by the people and for the people. This is why citizens deserve to be aware of what is going on in their country and what is being done with their taxes and national insurance contributions. This can only be accomplished with the right amount of transparency from the government. Just a few points on how the government can aim to be more transparent are as follows: Full financial and planning transparency on all public projects and contracts by implementing a “taxpayer needs to know” policy. No more shady deals and surprises essentially. Collaboration with opposition parties to work on projects and the implementation of meritocracy whereby praise and dues are given to those members of parliament that have good and effective ideas that are implemented, regardless of which party they form part. Huge decrease in implementation of “positions of trust” is vital. Call for applications for all public workers, especially above a certain pay grade, and transparency in the form of notifications of who is appointing to the highest echelons of the public service. Full disclosure and transparency on all requests for proposal for all public projects, using technology to decrease reliance on humans and making this information more readily available to all citizens (the government gazette is no longer a viable source of information for the general population). Introduction of law requiring separation of political parties from media branches for reduction of bias - breaches punishable and enforced by BA without prejudice. This is already being tackled by an ongoing case so progress is there. Changes to political party financing whereby parties are financed by the taxpayer and therefore only accountable to them. All party accounts must be audited by a trusted third-party to ensure no abuses take place. This will also produce a more level playing field for all parties so that they are voted in for their policies and not their fancy ad campaigns.
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