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Press Council awards 2017 Press Freedom Medals

23rd May 2017 – News

Media release- Australian Press Council 19 May 2017 “The Australian Press Council has awarded its Press Freedom Medal to two outstanding individuals for their major contributions to ensuring a free and open society: Peter Timmins – Australian Open Government Partnership Network and Michael Cameron – News Corp Australia. The 2017 Press Freedom Medals were awarded…

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The Quest for Open Transparent Government

3rd May 2017 – Points of View, Uncategorised

This article is published in the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 2017 Press Freedom Report The Chilling Effect     Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Andrew Meares, courtesy Fairfax Photos A year ago the first Turnbull government report card on access to government information was a mixture of hope and disappointment. The year since saw more…

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Multistakeholder Forum: Commitment 5.1

2nd May 2017 – News

PM&C published yesterday a Discussion Paper with a proposal on how to establish a forum, and details of a consultation over the next few weeks. Three ways you can have your say: Participate in the Twitter Q&A on 4 May: If you’ve questions on the Open Government Partnership or the Multistakeholder Forum, you can also join…

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Australia adopts International Open Data Charter

26th April 2017 – Information

Commitment 2.2 in Australia’s National Action Plan “Australia will build public trust around data sharing and release: We will do this by actively engaging with the public regarding how open data is being used to better communicate the benefits and understand public concerns, and we will improve privacy risk management capability across government.” Milestone three:…

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Open Government Multistakeholder Forum: Have your say

24th April 2017 – Uncategorised

From Co- Chairs Interim Working Group “Open government is the idea – simple and transformative – that governments should be transparent, accountable, and engaging. Government decision-making should be open to scrutiny, because governments work better when that happens. And because better decisions are made when everyone can contribute, governments should invite and facilitate citizen participation,…

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PM&C Interim Working Group March meeting

10th April 2017 – News, Uncategorised

PM&C Interim Working Group Minutes of the meeting on 28 March. Key points: The Department’s Strategic Coordination Unit had assumed responsibility for coordinating implementation of Australia’s Open Government National Action Plan. (Contacts are Will Story and Alan Wu reporting to Deputy Secretary Steven Kennedy) IWG Terms of Reference extended to cover responsibility for providing oversight…

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Network Steering Committee 2017

5th April 2017 – Uncategorised

Following the call for nominations, a new Network Steering Committee has been formed. As retiring Chairman Dr David Solomon told network members the incoming team represents continuity and renewal, includes a mix of CSO representatives and individual members and improves female representation from one to three. Kat Szuminska and Nicholas Gruen continue as members of the…

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Endorsement for Ken Coghill

24th March 2017 – Uncategorised

Network Chairman Dr David Solomon wrote to the Selection Committee commending Ken Coghill’s candidacy for the OGP Steering Committee.  There are 28 candidates. The Steering Committee of the Australian Open Government Partnership Network supports and strongly endorses Dr Ken Coghill for a position as a CSO member of the global OGP Steering Committee. Dr Coghill is…

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Why Commitment 1.3-Extractive Industries Transparency-Matters

24th March 2017 – Uncategorised

From Network member Jessie Cato, National Co-ordinator Publish What You PayAustralia Australia is currently in the process of developing its application to become a candidate country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). EITI is commitment 1.3 in Australia’s National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership. (Australia will enhance disclosure of company payments and…

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Co-Creation webinar event: Asia Pacific Region

16th March 2017 – Uncategorised

From OGP Support Unit: Date and time: March 28, 3pm DST Language: English Speakers: Webinar Chair: Shreya Basu, Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia Pacific Kety Tsanava, National Coordinator of Open Government, Georgia Enkhtsetseg Dagva, Program Manager of Open Society Forum, Mongolia Laura Vossler, Independent Reporting Mechanism Research Assistant Description: This month, 29 OGP participating…

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