Select Committee webcasts

February 10th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

has announced:

Later in 2013 public hearings of evidence before will be webcast live on this website. This will be part of a pilot to assess how this type of service could be delivered in the future. …

During the pilot, one select committee hearing will be webcast at a time. Webcasting will be able to occur only from certain select committee rooms, but committee rooms will continue to be allocated on the basis of committees’ needs; this will not involve any judgment about the newsworthiness of committee business. A committee intending to hear evidence in public and allocated a room with webcasting facilities will be able to choose whether those hearings are webcast.

I’m pleased to see this initiative. Select Committees are an important part of Parliament and this should allow more people to see what happens at them.

Hopefully eventually we’ll see all select committees available for viewing over the Internet, and also archived for future reference.

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4 Responses to “Select Committee webcasts”

  1. Pete George (23,681 comments) says:

    Clare Curran has tweeted:

    @clarecurranmp

    Have been pushing for this with @garethmp and @nikkikaye #opengovernment “@KiwiblogDPF: Select Committee webcasts

    Good to see cross party support for this.

    Maybe webcast scrutiny will encourage MPs to respect the select committee process and submitters more. And parties, organiosations and lobby groups who organise mass submissions will also be more exposed.

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  2. big bruv (14,137 comments) says:

    “Maybe webcast scrutiny will encourage MPs to respect the select committee process and submitters more.”

    Perhaps, although I suspect that all it will do is mean that the likes of Winston and Dunne will turn up to select committees when they know they are going to be broadcast to grandstand and score cheap political points.

    Although I do like the idea of the naked hatred of the left being exposed, imagine what the public really would think of the left if they got to see just how naturally nasty the likes of King, Dyson, my little Pony and Andrew Little are.

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  3. lazza (382 comments) says:

    Yes real progress. We get to see our elected representatives in a more “real” life situation and far removed from the theatre of The House. Might be very revealing. Lets hope our Regional and Territorial Councils take the hint too and webcast their meetings, (locally- narrowband) and do the same for their proceedings in committee with significant public interest.

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  4. mikenmild (11,683 comments) says:

    I’m pretty sure that when the public gets to see more of the hard work done by select committees we will be more supportive of pay rises for MPs.

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