Balancing act: Managing the tensions between the Executive and the Parliament

Towards the end of 2015, the ACT Legislative Assembly hosted the ACT’s event second event for the year, a session that explored the age old tension – particularly evident in the Westminster system – that sometimes arises between the prerogatives of executive government and the accountability and scrutiny functions of the legislature.

Vicki Dunne MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Shane Rattenbury MLA, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, kindly agreed to till this ground. Both events generated some really interesting discussions and it was great to see such enthusiastic participants.

As both members have been the presiding officer (Speaker) of the ACT Assembly, it was unsurprising that both expressed a number of similar points-of-view. Both members have also had experience in the Executive with Mr Rattenbury holding a number of ministerial portfolios in the 8th Assembly and Mrs Dunne having worked as the Chief of Staff for former Chief Minister Gary Humphries MLA.

Shane Rattenbury MLA, ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, speaks to ACT Chapter.
Shane Rattenbury MLA, ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, speaks to ACT Chapter.
Vicki Dunne MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT.
Vicki Dunne MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT.

ds

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s