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Strong interest in civil society spots on Interim Working Group

26th August 2016

Expressions of Interest in participating in the Open Government Partnership Interim Working Group established by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet closed on Wednesday. PM&C has announced 40 applications were received. To my knowledge ten members of the Network submitted nominations. There may be others in the 40- along with interested applicants who haven’t…

Exciting time for civil society’s best – help improve our democracy

22nd August 2016

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet last Thursday called for expressions of interest for the non government Co- Chair position and (probably) five non government member positions on the  proposed 12 person Open Government Partnership Interim Working Group. The closing date for nominations is 5pm Wednesday 23 August. A spokesperson for PM&C told The…

Partners wanted to work on the Partnership

19th August 2016

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has called for expressions of interest to join an Interim Working Group to help co-draft Australia’s National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The call follows the announcement last week that after a hiatus of several months the government is “eager to continue working together to…

Australia’s National Action Plan – ‘genuine partnership’ the way forward

10th August 2016

In response to the invitation from Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to make suggestions about consultation and engagement on the national action plan: “The Australian Open Government Partnership Network welcomes the statement issued on 4 August that the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet will be seeking to further engage with the public, civil…

Positive news: Canberra breaks long public silence since April

4th August 2016

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet yesterday posted the statement below on the Wiki, the first public announcement since April on preparation of Australia’s OGP national action plan. Several points the Steering Committee has made to government on behalf of the Network in recent months- the need for more time, more scope, more ambition- are…

Election 2016 and the OGP: the major parties speak, but is the Coalition listening?

30th June 2016

Labor and the Coalition have responded to Transparency International Australia on its Open Letter to Political Parties and candidates contesting the 2016 Federal Election. The Greens and NXT did not send a response, but in those links are on the public record to some extent regarding the issues raised by TIA. TIA rates Labor’s response…

Open letter to incoming government on steps to complete OGP national action plan

22nd June 2016

Prompt action needed to broaden the dialogue and establish multi stakeholder partnership arrangement On 17 May  the Chair of the Australian Open Government Partnership Network Steering Committee, Dr David Solomon wrote to the Prime Minister about the Open Government Partnership urging the government to advise the Co-chairs of the international OGP Steering Committee that the…

OGP role in anti-corruption and sustainable development

11th May 2016

Australian Open Government Partnership Steering Committee member Phil Newman, CEO of Transparency International Australia, is in London for this week’s Anti-Corruption Summit. Minister for Justice Michael Keenan is also there to announce a number of initiatives. Sanjay Pradhan the new OGP Support Unit CEO will address the Summit tomorrow and stress the vital role OGP…

OGP acts to sideline Azerbaijan after threats to civil society

5th May 2016

From Paul Maassen, OGP Support Unit. [And congratulations to Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist from Azerbaijan, chosen to receive the 2016 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.] Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2016 – The Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership today resolved that Azerbaijan will be regretfully designated as inactive in OGP,…

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