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ACT Government’s world first social media event

Amanda Whitley

And we’re hosting it! Fill up your wine glass and register for Periscope!

The ACT Government’s next Twitter cabinet will be broadcast live on the new social media platform Periscope – which, according to Twitter, will be a world first.

The ACT Government have previously held Twitter Cabinets where Canberrans can engage with their local Ministers on Twitter. By broadcasting the event on Periscope, individuals can watch the event live online. This will allow viewers to get a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective of a Twitter Cabinet event.

The Periscope broadcast will be hosted by our very own founder, Amanda Whitley.

Twitter cabinets are part of the ACT Government’s efforts to give locals an opportunity to engage with their local MLAs, according to Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

“Already this week, the Government has announced that we will be conducting ‘Pop-up’ Cabinet events right across the ACT in the coming months as a way to hear more about the issues facing our local town centres, starting with Woden on 2-3 September.

“The Twitter Cabinet is a further measure to give Canberrans better access to their local representatives. For one hour, Ministers will be in the Assembly Cabinet room responding directly to their constituents,” he said.

Flip Prior, Partnerships Manager at Twitter Australia said that this was a fantastic use of Periscope and a brilliant example of open government in action.

“A world first by the ACT Government, it demonstrates their progressiveness in adopting new technologies, as well as their willingness to engage with their electorate to respond to questions in real time and we’d love to see more cabinets follow suit.”

The event will be held on Monday 31 August from 7.30pm till 8.30pm.

How to get involved

You can ask a question on Twitter by using one of the Ministers’ handles and the hashtag #CBRCabinet. The event can be streamed live on Periscope by downloading the app and following the ACT Chief Minister – @ABarrMLA.

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author