Consultations between party caucuses in the Legislature were broadcast live for the first time on Tuesday as part of an effort to reform how the legislature does business.
In a bid to address the criticism of closed-door deals and calls for legislative proceedings to be more transparent, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (???) said consultations between party caucuses will be broadcast live starting on Tuesday, after an amendment to the Organic law of the Legislative Yuan was promulgated by President Tsai Ing-wen (???) last week.
Su said that caucus consultations will now be broadcast live in the same way as legislative sessions and committee meetings.
Under the new regulation, consultations on the confirmation of nominees for the Fair Trade Commission were broadcast live on Tuesday.
Asked if he was worried that the TV cameras might encourage some lawmakers to grandstand, Su said only time will tell, though he added that he expected participants to behave properly.
Meanwhile, party caucus whips were upbeat about the live broadcast.
Ker Chien-ming (???) from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, said "the more transparent the consultations between parties the better," adding that he didn't feel the "pressure of the live broadcast."
Liao Kuo-tung (???) of the Kuomintang said that although proceedings have been broadcast before, Tuesday's broadcast was live, which he said was a "good thing," as participants will "be more circumspect."
Hsu Yung-ming (???) of the New Power Party said that the live broadcast of legislative proceedings was "a basic requirement."
Chen Yi-chieh (???) of the People First Party said live broadcasts would encourage all parties to behave more rationally as "they will be subject to public scrutiny."
Since Su became speaker on Feb. 1, consultations between party caucuses have been recorded and broadcast later. (By Wen Kui-hsinga, Wang Cheng-chung, Chen Chun-hua , Liu kuan-ting and Lilian Wu)
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel