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High-level OGP Side Event at United Nations General Assembly this week

21st September 2017

Watch passionate advocacy for improved democratic practices and their role in improving trust in government. Featuring OGP CEO Sanjay Pradhan, President Macron of France, Prime Minister Kvirikashvili of Georgia, President Kaljulaid of Estonia, Prime Minister Gruevski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Vice President Echeverríai of Costa Rica, Vice-President Timmermans of the European Commission.. and others.…


Comments on PM&C Draft Mid Term Assessment

18th September 2017

The following comments on the PM&C Draft Mid Term Assessment Report were submitted on 17 September. (The self assessment is required by OGP rules and is separate from the Progress Review by Independent Reviewer Daniel Stewart now underway .) “The Australian Open Government Partnership Network and its members have been and remain enthusiastic supporters of the…


Parliamentary committee reports linked to OGP commitments

14th September 2017

Two parliamentary committee reports released today are linked to commitments in Australia’s OGP National Action Plan. OGP National Action Plan Commitment 4.2  National Integrity Framework “Australia will strengthen its ability to prevent, detect and respond to corruption in the public sector.” Senate Select Committee on National Integrity Commission  Advocates for establishing a commission are disappointed that…


Recognition for Steven Kennedy, thanks for open government leadership

12th September 2017

As part of a reshuffle at the top of the Australian Public Service last week, Steven Kennedy Deputy Secretary Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Co-chair of the Interim Working Group and its successor body, the Open Government Forum, was appointed Secretary Department of Infrastructure and Regional Services. Tom Burton writing in The Mandarin said…


Will Australia be represented at OGP High-Level Side Event at United Nations General Assembly?

11th September 2017

The Australian Government doesn’t have a great record for visible public support for the Open Government Partnership.  In the only ministerial involvement to date, Minister for Finance Cormann attended one day at the OGP Global Summit in Paris last December. Let’s hope this event hosted by President Macron of France draws the PM if he’s in New…


Finance quiet and quick to close open contracting review?

15th August 2017

There is a strong international movement promoting open government contracting-publishing and using open, accessible and timely information on government contracting to engage citizens and businesses in identifying and fixing problems. The Open Contracting Global Principles gather norms and best practices for disclosure and participation in public procurement. They serve as a guide to advance open…


Invitation to meet Independent Reviewer

11th August 2017

The rules of the OGP require the preparation and publication of an independent review report that assesses the development and implementation of the OGP national action plan and progress in fulfilling open government principles. The appointed independent Research Monitor for Australia, Daniel Stewart of Australian National University, is now in the process of preparing a mid term assessment. Daniel is interested in hearing from…


Federal government agencies failing to recognise value of public engagement

24th July 2017

The Department of Industry Innovation and Science the lead agency on Commitment 5.2 has published a Working draft on the first phase of its implementation of the commitment titled ‘How might the APS better use public participation to improve policy development and service delivery?’ The draft report, a work in progress, asserts that Commonwealth agencies lag…


Senate Committee probes on OGP action plan

24th July 2017

 The Senate Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission hearing on 5 July on the adequacy of the Australian government’s framework for addressing corruption and misconduct (Commitment 4.2 in Australia’s OGP National Action Plan) included the following Q&A about the Open Government Partnership: ABLETT, Ms Maia, Acting Assistant Secretary, Legal Policy Branch, Department of the…


Australia’s commitment to open government reform

11th July 2017

 Published on the AUSPUBLAW Blog today Australia’s commitment to open government reform 11/07/2017 / AUSPUBLAW / 0 COMMENTS BY PETER TIMMINS The voters aren’t happy. While there is no single antidote for this winter of discontent, the way government governs is a contributing factor. The government tells us that belief in democracy is a shared Australian value and as part…

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