FANS of The West Wing will well recall Big Block Of Cheese Days where senior White House staff meet with concerned citizens to discuss issues from outside the normal political bubble.
For a few years now Chief Minister Gallagher has, every now and then, summoned her cabinet and an army of advisors to field questions from the narcissistic maelstrom that is Twitter.
Perhaps taking a lead from Canberra we see that just this year the White House has held its own virtual big block of cheese day doing much the same thing.
It’s usually a heady mix of grievance bearers and obsequious toadies, with questioners farmed off to read websites that don’t actually answer the question and really curly ones taken on notice so they can be answered when no one else is looking.
Be that as it may, tonight at 7pm, you can, in 140 characters or less, question your local cabinet via twitter for the seventh time.
“As we all live out our busy lives the government has to change the way it engages with the community and the twitter cabinet is a fantastic opportunity for ministers to answer questions from locals in a live setting, online,” Katy said.
“It is always a fast and furious hour of tweeting and I am sure that Canberrans will again take up the opportunity to have direct access to ministers, particularly a week after the ACT Budget was tabled.
“The government is working hard to make Canberra a digital city and online engagement with the electorate is a key component of delivering on this vision for our city.”
To participate in Twitter Cabinet use the hashtag #actvcc when you send a tweet, and follow the @ACTVCC account.
You can also tweet Ministers individually: Katy Gallagher ( @KatyGMLA ); Andrew Barr ( @ABarrMLA ); Simon Corbell ( @SimonCorbell ); Joy Burch ( @JoyBurchMLA ); and Shane Rattenbury ( @ShaneRattenbury ).
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