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Interim Working Group moving along

14th September 2016

The second meeting of the Interim Working Group yesterday saw further progress in developing draft commitments proposed for inclusion in Australia’s OGP National Action Plan. Agenda and papers for the meeting have been published and minutes will be published in the next day or so. Still a way to go and a third meeting is…


Interim Working Group gets down to business

12th September 2016

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has published information about the first meeting of the Interim Working Group established to assist with the development of Australia’s National Action Plan including papers distributed to participants and minutes, and an outline of the process through to completion. It was a positive meeting with government and non government…


Interim Working Group up and running

2nd September 2016

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet announced this week appointments to the Interim Working Group to assist in the development of Australia’s OGP National Action Plan Four of the six non government positions are filled by Network members Coghill, Szuminska, Timmins and Zirnsak. The first meeting of the group will take place in Canberra on…


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. https://ogpau.govspace.gov.au/submissions-for-the-interim-working-group-are-now-closed/ 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…

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