Network Steering Committee 2017
“It has been a privilege to help promote the open government cause. We made a good start but much remains to be done.”
Associate Professor, Department of Management, Monash University
Ken is a founder of the Accountability Round Table.
He is a member Interim Working Group established by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in August 2016 to assist in finalising the first OGP National Action Plan and to oversight Australia’s OGP initiative until a permanent Multi Stakeholder Forum is established. Ken attended the OGP Global Summit in Paris in December 2016.
Ken was a member of the Victorian Parliament elected in 1979. He was Parliamentary Secretary of Cabinet in a government that was one of the first in the Commonwealth of Nations to legislate and implement freedom of information legislation, and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (1988-1992).
His PhD thesis addressed the key role of open government in the functioning of systems of government and good governance.
Ken’s teaching interests include accountability, integrated governance and professional development (capacity building) for parliamentarians, in partnership with AusAID and the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Member inaugural AOGPN Steering Committee
CEO Lateral Economics.
Nicholas is Visiting Professor at Kings College London and Adjunct Professor at UTS. He chairs the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australian Chapter) and is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance, which brings together Australia’s libraries, universities, and major providers of digital infrastructure such as Google and Yahoo. He is a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia.He was Chair of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation until 2016 and Chair of the Australian Government’s principal innovation advisory body, Innovation Australia, until 2014. In 2009, he chaired Australia’s Government 2.0 Taskforce. In 2008, he was a member of a major review into Australia’s Innovation System.
Professor, Monash University, Faculty of Law
Moira Paterson is the author of Freedom of Information and Privacy in Australia: Information Access 2.0 (LexisNexis, 2015) and FOI Editor of the Australian Administrative Law Service. Her primary research interests are in the fields of FOI, privacy, data protection law, health records law and public records law and she has been a chief on ARC-funded projects on legal and recordkeeping issues relating to electronic health records, and criminal records and access to employment. Moira is a member of the Victorian Firearms Appeals Committee and was previously a member of the former Privacy Advisory Committee to the Australian Information Commissioner and a member of Advisory Committees to the ALRC for its references in relation to the Privacy Act 1988 and Commonwealth secrecy laws and to the VLRC for its reference in relation of privacy in public places. She has completed research consultancies for a variety of governmental organisations.
Professor Matthew Ricketson (Individual member)
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance representative on the Australian Press Council (both members of the network).
Matthew is an academic and journalist committed to the importance and value of open government, which has grown from his practice as a journalist, especially when writing about freedom of information laws. Matthew is taking up a role as professor of communications at Deakin University in April 2017, after eight years as professor of journalism at the University of Canberra.
In recent years Beth has been committed to improving the quality of our democracy and civic participation in government decision making. This led directly to involvement in the OGP Network and related initiatives – including input to the Action Plan, the 2014 C20 meeting and the 2016 Australian SDG Summit.Beth brings wide knowledge about governance, transparency and accountability, and a general understanding of specific technical aspects of the OGP agenda. She has extensive experience within and outside government, gained in Australia and in developing countries in our region, especially the Pacific. Beth is specifically interested in the institutional mechanisms required to maintain government openness, transparency and accountability.
Greg was a teacher in Victoria and Queensland prior to this and in 1974 and 1975 was a team member of the Social Education Materials Project as a member of a team developing resources for Consumer Education hosted by the Department of Education in Queensland.
Greg is currently a member of the Multi-Stakeholder Group for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Australia having served on the Multi Stakeholder Group for Australia’s Pilot of the EITI. He chaired the Governance sub -Committee of the G20 Steering Committee in 2013 and 2014. Greg served on the Executive Committee of Australian Council for International Development chairing the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee of ACFID and was Chair of ACFID’s Human Rights Working Group. He was co-Chair with Carol Kendall of the inaugural National Sorry Day Committee.
Director of the Social Justice Unit of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania,
Uniting Church in Australia since 2005. This includes active membership of Transparency International Australia and Publish What You Pay Australia.
He has been involved in campaigns that seek more transparent and open government that include
more public transparency on stolen assets recovered that have been shifted to Australia
from overseas (to a level consistent with the US Department of Justice); increased publication of corporate tax data (which resulted in legislation requiring the ATO to publish tax data of most businesses in Australia with revenue over $100 million a year); more public access to customs data (as is the case in places like the US and India); introduction of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Australia ( now a government commitment)); and disclosure of the beneficial ownership of businesses registered in Australia ( a commitment in the national action plan and the subject of a public consultation by Treasury).
Mark has been on a number of government working groups that have required collaboration towards developing legislation, regulation and government plans including the working group for developing the regulations for the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act under the Department of Agriculture; the Supply Chain Working Group for the Attorney General’s National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery; the Ministerial Expert Advisory Group on Gambling Reform under the Gillard Government; the Victorian Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Council; and the Victorian Government advisory group for the Child Employment Act.