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The secret state and public buildings

June 27th, 2009

Given that we’ve been discussing the transparency or otherwise of public processes, I was interested to get an email saying that ASIO is to get a new headquarters, built on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Apparently the public consultation process consisted of some documents posted, for the statutory 10 days, on a Dept of Finance website under the title ‘EPBC referral 2009/8414 Commonwealth new building project’. The project was quietly approved by the Howard Government in 2005 and exempted from oversight by the joint parliamentary public works committee. The Rudd Government continued the secrecy.

You can get links to more info here.

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  1. June 27th, 2009 at 12:13 | #1

    They don’t provide much time for people to respond to, let alone find out about, EPBC referrals.

  2. June 29th, 2009 at 12:18 | #2

    That said, and transparency aside, I’m in favour of stuffing as much into the parliamentary triangle as possible. The Palaces in a Park approach they have at the moment is unwalkable, unfriendly, and uncivic.

  3. wilful
    June 30th, 2009 at 10:17 | #3

    What an utter joke. ASIO really are quite up themselves with their little spy fantasy, aren’t they? Do they think that if they don’t tell the people of Canberra where they work and how much their building costs, no other spy agencies will ever know this?

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