Opinion

Technology sets a cat among the parliamentary pigeons

Sunshine Coast Daily staff journalists.
Nicky Moffat
Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Sunshine Coast Daily staff journalists. Nicky Moffat Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

LAST week when I penned my column I was unable to access elected members' speeches using the Queensland Parliament website.

It has since been confirmed that there is a problem with the search function that the parliament's IT team is working to fix.

Granted, the thread of my argument could have been clearer in last week's column. It wasn't my intention to suggest MPs are not doing anything of import to Coast residents.

But judging by the response, some of our local MPs have taken it as such.

Let me be clear: Sunshine Coast residents have a right to access their elected members' speeches in parliament at any hour of the day via the internet. This is especially the case during a sitting week, in which my opinion piece on Thursday was written.

It's interesting to note the different approaches our MPs have to perceived conflict.

Member for Buderim Steve Dickson picked up the phone, had a chat with me and had a staffer look into the problem. Member for Kawana Jarrod Bleijie sent a scathing letter accusing me of not knowing how Parliament works.

I fear any opinion raised about a politician that could be taken as affecting their image is taken as needing to be squashed - with no respect for the issues raised or attempt to address them.

I do wish that rather than writing defensive letters to the editor, some of the MPs instead had taken the time to investigate the IT glitch.

It might seem like a trivial problem, but spare a thought for those democracy geeks in your electorate who spend their evenings trawling the web and perusing your days' work.

Topics:  state parliament, technology


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