Environment, Local Government, Planning & Women, Desley Boyle 05/05/05
Free e-democracy training helps Sunshine Coast women have their say
The Beattie Government is showing Sunshine Coast women how to make their voices heard through free e-democracy training sessions in May.
Women's Minister Desley Boyle said the Internet training sessions were a great opportunity for women to learn how to have their say on government issues.
"Women have always been very involved in community life. They are in tune with social issues and their thoughts and opinions are a valuable contribution to the decisions being made by government," Ms Boyle said.
"This e-democracy training will teach women and girls how to use the Internet to access three Queensland Government initiatives.
"Armed with this knowledge, women will know how to prepare e-petitions, register their views on currently policy issues and listen to State Parliament online," Ms Boyle said.
"The e-democracy training sessions teach women how they can listen to parliamentary proceedings live via the Internet and women will also be shown how to use ConsultQld - an online community consultation website that deals with special issues and policy matters," she said.
Member for Noosa Cate Molloy said: "The Internet is rapidly changing the way the world does business and this also applies to having your voice heard by government.
"Using the Internet has opened up the democratic process and enhanced community access to government and participation in government decision-making processes.
"An "e-petition" allows people to use the Internet to post and lodge petitions to the Queensland Parliament electronically," she said.
"Petitioning allows members of the public to make requests direct to Parliament to, for example, request a change in law or the reconsideration of an administrative decision."
Ms Molloy urged women of all ages to take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to have a say on government issues through this free e-democracy training.
"The Beattie Government is committed to empowering women to make themselves heard in government decision-making processes and to provide them with the skills to support their community building and leadership activities," she said.
The free e-democracy training sessions will be held from 10.30am-noon and 1pm-2.30pm Monday to Friday throughout May at The Office for Women's Infolink office at 91-95 Howard St, Nambour.
Numbers for the free training are limited, so book early to secure your place by phoning 1800 177 577 or visit the Office for Women's website at www.women.qld.gov.au for more information.
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