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Accountability Roundtable: Vital Reforms needed in National Action Plan

29th November 2016 – Points of View

MEDIA RELEASE Open Govt Partnership at risk of failure: ART          29 Nov 2016 The Accountability Round Table today made a last ditch call on the Federal Government to commit to vital reform to Australia’s plan for the international Open Government Partnership. Chair of ART, Tim Smith QC said ‘Prime Minister Turnbull is to be congratulated…

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Australian Press Council: OGP Plan must be credible, meaningful, effective

29th November 2016 – Points of View

Australian Press Council MEDIA RELEASE | 29 November 2016 National Action Plan for open government must face up to growing problems The Australian Press Council is calling on the Turnbull government to address seriously its obligations to the multilateral Open Government Partnership (OGP) and ensure that Australia takes all needed steps to promote openness, transparency…

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Public Participation-What you had to say

23rd November 2016 – News

Further in the series- Issues raised in Submissions on Draft National Action Plan Commitment 5.2 Enhance public participation in government decision-making   People want government to commit to lifting its game- more participatory democracy. From the PM&C round up: Angus King    Switched on Solar!   Yes. Daniel Marsh    Sociometry (consultancy)     Should be amended to clarify the…

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Permanent Partnership Arrangements-What you had to say

23rd November 2016 – Uncategorised

Further in the series- Issues raised in Submissions on Draft National Action Plan 5.1 Permanent dialogue mechanism Plenty of suggested improvements to spread awareness and around the concept of a multi-stakeholder forum-and other ideas. From the PM&C round up: Jack Mahoney    OGP Support Unit     Milestone 2 – is the timeframe the period of functioning…

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Open Contracting-What you had to say

23rd November 2016 – News

Further in the series- Issues raised in Submissions on Draft National Action Plan 4.3 Open Contracting Submissions suggest more ambition needed- it more than ‘reviewing’ whether we comply with the standard. From the PM&C round up: Stephen Gates    Individual     The adoption of the Open Contracting Data Standard is a good first step in publishing…

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National Integrity Framework-What you had to say

23rd November 2016 – Uncategorised

Further in the series- Issues raised in Submissions on Draft National Action Plan Plenty of criticism of gaps in the framework particularly the absence of a national integrity or anti-corruption commission. The account of the Status Quo suggests there is no problem here that needs to be addressed. Commitment 4.2 National Integrity Framework   From the…

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Electoral System and Political Parties-What you had to say

23rd November 2016 – Uncategorised

Further in the series- Issues raised in Submissions on Draft National Action Plan Commitment 4.1 Confidence in electoral system and political parties Political donation reform is high on everyone’s list-a general feeling that government is proposing nothing more than ‘wait and see’ what comes out of a parliamentary inquiry. From the PM&C round up:  Justin…

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Discoverability and Accessibility of Data and Information-What you had to say

23rd November 2016 – Uncategorised

Further in the series- Issues raised in Submissions on Draft National Action Plan Commitment 3.2 Understand the use of freedom of information From the PM&C round up: Justin Warren    PivotNine (consultancy)   Curious about the use of the term ‘public data’. Information in many of these datasets is supplied by individuals – it is still mine,…

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National FOI Metrics-What you had to say

23rd November 2016 – Uncategorised

Further in the series- Issues raised in Submissions on Draft National Action Plan Commitment 3.2 Understand the use of freedom of information From the PM&C round up: Justin Warren    PivotNine (consultancy) Applaud general principles, but urge caution when designing the metrics. Take time to consider how a perverse or obstructionist actor may choose to interpret…

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Information Access Law and Practice-What you had to say

23rd November 2016 – Uncategorised

Further in the series- Issues raised in Submissions on Draft National Action Plan Commitment 3.1 Information management and access laws for the 21st century  A hot topic with comments and suggestions emphasising the law and practice concerning the right to access government information-the cornerstone of our democracy-requires a commitment to more support, resources, effective oversight…

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