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The case for mandatory disclosure by ASX listed extractives companies

31st May 2017

 Jessie Cato, Publish What You Pay – Australia This post was previously published on the Devpolicy Blog and Extractafact. Tracking Australian mining, oil and gas companies around the world is challenging. Australia has one of the largest global footprints of extractives companies operating abroad. Research by Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Australia and ESG research house CAER in September…

The Quest for Open Transparent Government

3rd May 2017

This article is published in the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 2017 Press Freedom Report The Chilling Effect     Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Andrew Meares, courtesy Fairfax Photos A year ago the first Turnbull government report card on access to government information was a mixture of hope and disappointment. The year since saw more…

Transparency International Australia:Opportunities to improve the Plan

29th November 2016

Phil Newman on Linked In Chief Executive Officer at Transparency International Australia It is important for all stakeholders to understand that the first Australian Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP) is not an end in itself. It is the very first step in an ongoing process towards open government in Australia. Open Government…

Accountability Roundtable: Vital Reforms needed in National Action Plan

29th November 2016

MEDIA RELEASE Open Govt Partnership at risk of failure: ART          29 Nov 2016 The Accountability Round Table today made a last ditch call on the Federal Government to commit to vital reform to Australia’s plan for the international Open Government Partnership. Chair of ART, Tim Smith QC said ‘Prime Minister Turnbull is to be congratulated…

Australian Press Council: OGP Plan must be credible, meaningful, effective

29th November 2016

Australian Press Council MEDIA RELEASE | 29 November 2016 National Action Plan for open government must face up to growing problems The Australian Press Council is calling on the Turnbull government to address seriously its obligations to the multilateral Open Government Partnership (OGP) and ensure that Australia takes all needed steps to promote openness, transparency…

Network Steering Committee full of suggestions for improving Draft National Action Plan

16th November 2016

Submission to Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from the Steering Committee of the Australian Open Government Partnership Network. The submission may be published online. The Steering Committee welcomes the publication of the draft National Action Plan and the opportunity to suggest areas for improvement.Network members were encouraged to make their views known and a…

Towards an Open Government Manifesto

9th June 2016

Introduction Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international initiative, bringing together over 65 countries, which aims to create a ‘race to the top’ in open government. Participating countries produce National Action Plans every…

How to Make an OGP National Action Plan Commitment

24th February 2016

Australia has only 5 months to define ambitious open government reforms for its first Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan. In this time we must gather raw ideas, research, discuss and deliberate them into fully developed, budgeted, and agreed commitments. In July the government must announce the commitments it will implement over the next…