The Hon. Lindsay Tanner, MPMinister for Financeand DeregulationParliament HouseCanberra ACT 2600Senator the Hon Joseph LudwigSpecial Minister of Stateand Cabinet Secretary Parliament HouseCanberra ACT 2600Dear MinistersHaving now completed our task, it is my happy duty to provide you withthe report you commissioned from the taskforce in June. It has been a busy period and we have achieved a lot. We have consulted with people far and wide, within Australia and beyond, insearch of their views and insights. We have also tried to bring them into ourown thinking as it was developing by publicly discussing our evolving ideasand progress on our blog and in other forums.
There has been a growing sense of excitement that something genuinely fresh might emerge from our endeavours. One unusual feature of this inquiry has been your injunction to us to work with others to fund and develop seedprojects that demonstrate the potential of the changes we would advocate.
If there was any doubt that this was ‘business as usual’ it would surely havebeen dispelled for those who attended the GovHack weekend in Canberra.Now common outside government, this was the rst government run suchevent in the world. Over 100 people came from around the country and worked through the weekend — many not stopping for sleep — to buildonline tools to show what Government 2.0 could be like. The members of the winning team got on so well that each had imagined that all the othermembers of their team were good friends. Only just before receiving theirprize they discovered that they had all been strangers at the outset of the weekend!The results of our MashupAustralia competition of which GovHack wasa small part have been a revelation. Indeed, several public agencies havelamented to me privately that they had only recently redeveloped theirown websites largely unaware of the power of drawing in the ideas andenthusiasm of the community as we had done.In addition to the pride we had in the success of these events, we areproud of this report. The draft released just over two weeks ago garnereduncommon praise from some people from around the world for whom we have the greatest respect. We have been mindful to craft therecommendations with the transition they must make into government policy. John Sheridan in the Australian Government InformationManagement Ofce (AGIMO) was particularly helpful in that respect.
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