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Finance quiet and quick to close open contracting review?

15th August 2017 – Uncategorised

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…

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Invitation to meet Independent Reviewer

11th August 2017 – Uncategorised

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…

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Federal government agencies failing to recognise value of public engagement

24th July 2017 – Uncategorised

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…

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Senate Committee probes on OGP action plan

24th July 2017 – Uncategorised

 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…

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New leadership to take Australia forward on open government journey

21st July 2017 – News

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet this afternoon announced the membership of the Open Government Forum (Commitment 5.1).    Congratulations and best wishes to the new group as they lead on the open government journey.   Civil Society members are: Ms Fiona McLeod SC, President, Law Council of Australia (Co-Chair) (continuing, having been a member of…

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Australia’s commitment to open government reform

11th July 2017 – Uncategorised

 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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New civil society members of international OGP Steering Committee

16th June 2017 – News, Uncategorised

The two new civil society members to join the international Steering Committee are Giorgi Kldiashvili Director of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), an NGO based in Georgia, and  Tur-Od Lkhagvajav who holds several leading civil society positions in Mongolia. Congratulations to both, and thanks to Ken Coghill, current Chairman of the…

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Open Government vs Productivity Commission on Data Availability and Use

15th June 2017 – Information, News, Points of View

Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan (2016-18) is a series of reforms that include some ambitious commitments, that set the stage for potentially transformative outcomes for citizens. These include “transforming our information access laws, policies and practices are modern and appropriate for the digital information age”, “building public trust around data sharing and release”,…

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Commitment to establish a Multi Stakeholder Forum

9th June 2017 – Uncategorised

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet  has announced details of the establishment of the Open Government Forum and called for civil society nominations by 22 June. (Commitment 5.1 in Australia’s National Action Plan.) The Selection Panel to consider nominations and make recommendations to government on appointment will consist of the Co-Chairs of the Interim…

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Reflections on open government

9th June 2017 – Points of View

Interview published in OGP Newsletter June 2017 Faces of Open Government Australia | 8 June 2017 How did you get involved in open government – what is your personal story about why you joined the movement? I became aware of the Open Government Partnership the day after the inaugural meeting in New York on 20…

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