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OpenAustralia Foundation clocks up 735 hours of work on Australia’s OGP effort

9th March 2017 – News

Kat Szuminska, a member of the Network Steering Committee and the PM&C Interim Working Group has written an account of her involvement and that of her colleagues Henare Degan and Luke Bacon in the twists and turns as Australia prevaricated, joined and developed a national action plan, captured in the visual below (thanks Mel Flanagan,…

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Open Government: A course of study whose time has come

9th March 2017 – Uncategorised

Are there Australian equivalents on offer or in the pipeline? Glad to hear….. This from The Netherlands: Delft University of Technology launches  Open Online Course (MOOC) about Open Government “While governments all over the world aim to become more open and transparent, opening the government is a complex and challenging problem. How can governments become…

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Network Steering Committee: Call for Nominations

27th February 2017 – Uncategorised

Two departures from the Network Steering Committee have brought forward our plans to move on to a new or refreshed leadership group. Craig Thomler stepped down as he took up a new position at the beginning of the month and Phil Newman has finished up as CEO of Transparency International Australia.  Thanks to both for…

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Transparency International and the Web Foundation call for more action on data to tackle corruption

24th February 2017 – Uncategorised

The Australian National Action Plan includes a Commitment (1.4): Combating crime Australia will strengthen its ability to prevent, detect and respond to corporate crime, particularly bribery of foreign public officials, money laundering, and terrorism financing. We will do this by pursuing reforms to relevant legislative frameworks, which will involve a process of public consultation. As…

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National Integrity 2017 Conference spotlight on OGP commitments

15th February 2017 – Uncategorised

Transparency International Australia and Griffith University’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy co-host the National Integrity 2017 Conference ‘Building the Public /Private Alliance in Brisbane on 16-17 March. Topics for discussion are highly relevant to Australia’s commitments in the Open Government Partnership First National Action Plan and plans to follow: …how best to strengthen Australia’s systems of integrity, accountability and…

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Treasury kicks off the implementation phase of the National Action Plan

14th February 2017 – Uncategorised

Some first steps have been taken on two commitments in the National Action Plan. Commitment 1.1 Whistleblower protection: “Australia will ensure appropriate protections are in place for people who report corruption, fraud, tax evasion or avoidance, and misconduct within the corporate sector. We will do this by improving whistle-blower protections for people who disclose information about tax misconduct…

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Ken Coghill on Paris: Open Government strikes back

17th January 2017 – Uncategorised

Dr Ken Coghill a member of this Network and the Interim Working Group established by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet attended the OGP Paris Summit in December. Ken writes: Threats to open government posed by political populism was a strong underlying concern permeating the OGP Global Summit and its preceding Academic Days. The Brexit…

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Consultation on whistleblower protection

22nd December 2016 – Uncategorised

Australia’s Open Government National Action Plan Commitment 1.1: “Improve whistle-blower protections in the tax and corporate sectors Australia will ensure appropriate protections are in place for people who report corruption, fraud, tax evasion or avoidance, and misconduct within the corporate sector. We will do this by improving whistle-blower protections for people who disclose information about…

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Essential reading from the Paris Summit

22nd December 2016 – Uncategorised

With thanks to Paul Maassen Director, Civil Society Engagement Open Government Partnership Support Unit. For more on Civil Society Morning Civil Society Morning fireside chat: Sanjay Pradhan, Manish Bapna, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Annette Young Civil Society Morning opening remarks by Paul Maassen   For more on the OGP Summit Paris Declaration. To contribute to the collective actions,…

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Australia’s OGP Action Plan

16th December 2016 – Information, News

Australia’s first Open Government Partnership National Action Plan was published on 8 December. The  plan sets out 15 commitments to reform on a wide range of open government measures to be implemented or substantially implemented by July 2018. The Network Steering Committee welcomes the completion of of the plan, particularly the breadth and scope of…

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