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Press Freedom Medal 2018 media release

3rd May 2018

  MEDIA RELEASE | 3 May 2018 Press Council awards 2018 Press Freedom Medals The Australian Press Council has awarded Press Freedom Medals to two outstanding individuals for their major contributions to furthering the causes of free speech and freedom of the press. Peter Greste One of Australia’s most respected and experienced foreign correspondents, a…

Independent review report: underwhelmed by first effort, need to do better next time

27th April 2018

The independent report on Australia’s progress in implementing its first OGP National Action Plan by Daniel Stewart of Australian national University is a wake-up call to government and civil society. The report’s key messages are we didn’t do much of a job in bringing the citizenry into a dialogue about open government reform; none of…

Open Government Week

9th April 2018

The Open Government Partnership is organising a global Open Government Week from May 7-11 to raise interest in open government and encourage government and civil society to come together to listen to each other’s ideas, discuss solutions, and commit to taking action. “The week will feature all things #opengov and include panel discussions, Facebook chats,…

OGP Global Summit 2018

10th January 2018

Georgia, co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), will host the 5th OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi on July 17-19, 2018. The OGP 2018 Global Summit will focus on civic engagement, fighting against corruption, and public service delivery. The objectives of the Summit are to promote peer learning, inspire OGP reformers to raise the level…

OGP responds to individual’s complaint, no violation of values and principles

19th October 2017

In September last year, Chris Snow a member of this network sent a letter of concern to the international OGP Steering Committee Co-Chairs regarding the consultation process and the Interim Working Group appointed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to help draft Australia’s first OGP action plan, utilising the OGP’s published Response…

International OGP Civil Society Co-chair on Rebuilding Trust

17th October 2017

 Mukelani Dimba is the civil society co-chair of the OGP Steering Committee. He is the Executive Director of the Open Democracy Advice Center (ODAC), a South African law center that specializes in freedom of information and whistleblower protection laws ……………………. It is a pleasure to share my first blog post as civil society co-chair of…

Australia failing to join domestic and international dots in support of the OGP

11th October 2017

Despite the international reach of the Open Government Partnership now to 75 countries, Australia a fully committed member since November 2015 is yet to play a role in progressing OGP goals internationally and maintains a low almost invisible role in the partnership. Although the government mentions democracy as a shared value on which it wishes…

Government’s mid-term assessment short on shortcomings

11th October 2017

On 22 September Minister for Finance Cormann signed the Government Mid-term report required by OGP rules. The report is published on the PM&C website,  (No Media release- this was yet another missed opportunity to draw attention to Australia’s open government commitments.) It is a detailed report about development of the plan and implementation to date, but shortcomings…

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