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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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Australia’s Open Government commitments- at a glance

9th December 2016 – Uncategorised

The National Action Plan is no easy read. But those 64 pages that some might struggle with contain 15 strong statements of intent. The breadth and scope is commendable: “Taken together these actions will advance transparency, accountability, public participation and technological innovation over the next two years.” The way also has been left open for…

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Minister for Finance at OGP Summit Paris 8 December

9th December 2016 – Uncategorised

“The OGP summit involves 3000 representatives from 70 countries. Transparency and anti-corruption, climate action and sustainable development, digital commons and civic tech, access to information, open parliament, open government at the subnational level, francophonie, implementation of open government…: More than 300 panels, workshops, pitches, will drive the announcement of new commitments, the launch of collective…

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Australia’s National Action Plan-Done and Dusted

8th December 2016 – News

Australia’s first Open Government Partnership National Action Plan was released yesterday. In a Media Statement, Minister for Finance Senator Cormann said The Plan’s 15 commitments will help strengthen our democracy and deliver a more agile, innovative and collaborative nation. We will: deliver better protections for whistle blowers in the tax and corporate sectors, work with…

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