SA’s Parliament now streaming online

The tables have turned: now everyday citizens can keep an eye on the government.

Proceedings in South Australia’s Parliament have begun being broadcast online.

Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams welcomed the move, but called for Premier Jay Weatherill and his ministers to make themselves still more accountable.

“I have held for a long time a grave concern about the lack of freedom of information in this state,” he said in Parliament on Monday.

“I think we could very well take a large leaf ... from our cousins across the way in New Zealand.

“The presumption in New Zealand is that all the information held by government should be available to the people, and the only time it is kept secret is if there is some good reason, if to release the information would cause some specific harm to the state or to an individual.

“In this state, the opposite is the way that we operate.”