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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…

Open Government Multistakeholder Forum: Have your say

24th April 2017

From Co- Chairs Interim Working Group “Open government is the idea – simple and transformative – that governments should be transparent, accountable, and engaging. Government decision-making should be open to scrutiny, because governments work better when that happens. And because better decisions are made when everyone can contribute, governments should invite and facilitate citizen participation,…

PM&C Interim Working Group March meeting

10th April 2017

PM&C Interim Working Group Minutes of the meeting on 28 March. Key points: The Department’s Strategic Coordination Unit had assumed responsibility for coordinating implementation of Australia’s Open Government National Action Plan. (Contacts are Will Story and Alan Wu reporting to Deputy Secretary Steven Kennedy) IWG Terms of Reference extended to cover responsibility for providing oversight…

Network Steering Committee 2017

5th April 2017

Following the call for nominations, a new Network Steering Committee has been formed. As retiring Chairman Dr David Solomon told network members the incoming team represents continuity and renewal, includes a mix of CSO representatives and individual members and improves female representation from one to three. Kat Szuminska and Nicholas Gruen continue as members of the…

Endorsement for Ken Coghill

24th March 2017

Network Chairman Dr David Solomon wrote to the Selection Committee commending Ken Coghill’s candidacy for the OGP Steering Committee.  There are 28 candidates. The Steering Committee of the Australian Open Government Partnership Network supports and strongly endorses Dr Ken Coghill for a position as a CSO member of the global OGP Steering Committee. Dr Coghill is…

Why Commitment 1.3-Extractive Industries Transparency-Matters

24th March 2017

From Network member Jessie Cato, National Co-ordinator Publish What You PayAustralia Australia is currently in the process of developing its application to become a candidate country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). EITI is commitment 1.3 in Australia’s National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership. (Australia will enhance disclosure of company payments and…

Co-Creation webinar event: Asia Pacific Region

16th March 2017

From OGP Support Unit: Date and time: March 28, 3pm DST Language: English Speakers: Webinar Chair: Shreya Basu, Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia Pacific Kety Tsanava, National Coordinator of Open Government, Georgia Enkhtsetseg Dagva, Program Manager of Open Society Forum, Mongolia Laura Vossler, Independent Reporting Mechanism Research Assistant Description: This month, 29 OGP participating…

Civil society spots on global OGP Steering Committee

13th March 2017

Nominations for two positions closed on 8 March with 28 nominations including two Australians Dr Ken Coghill and Neil Forsyth both members of this network. Details of nominees including supporting material submitted is available here. As part of the selection process members of the OGP civil society community are invited to send endorsements and other…

Anti corruption in Asia Pacific Region: Up for this?

9th March 2017

As if tending to our own patch wasn’t enough….. The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative is hiring a Regional Anti-Corruption Advisor to be based in its Bangkok office.  The Advisor will implement the anti-corruption and public integrity priorities of the U.S. government and governments in the Asia-Pacific region. The full job description and…

Open Government: A course of study whose time has come

9th March 2017

Are there Australian equivalents on offer or in the pipeline? Glad to hear….. This from The Netherlands: Delft University of Technology launches  Open Online Course (MOOC) about Open Government “While governments all over the world aim to become more open and transparent, opening the government is a complex and challenging problem. How can governments become…

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