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TI Corruption Perception Index 2018-Australia on the slippery slide

30th January 2019 – News, Uncategorised

The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people, using a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of…

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OGP Global Summit May 2019

21st January 2019 – Uncategorised

From the OGP: “We are pleased to announce that the Call for Proposals has opened for the 6th OGP Global Summit to be hosted by the Government of Canada from May 29-31, 2019 in Ottawa, Canada.   As we build the agenda, we invite you to submit proposals for sessions and speakers on the following…

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Tanzania clamps down on OGP Steering Committee member

19th December 2018 – Uncategorised

From Paul Maassen Chief, Country Support Open Government Partnership At its recent  meeting held in Washington D.C. on December 5-6 2018, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Steering Committee discussed the situation concerning OGP civil society Steering Committee member Aidan Eyakuze, who has been unable to leave his home country Tanzania after having his passport confiscated…

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Government rates performance on open government highly

18th December 2018 – Uncategorised

The Network Steering Committee has responded to the government’s self assessment of Australian performance in implementing a national action plan on open government reforms. Open Government Partnership rules require an end of term government report on Australia’s National Action Plan 2016-2018. Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet allowed two weeks for comment and feedback on the…

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National Integrity Commission

13th December 2018 – Uncategorised

Still a way to go but PM announces decision to establish a national integrity commission: ABC news PM’s Media Release Consultation paper-for submissions by 1 February Congratulations to all who have kept at this, in some cases for years, and throughout consultation on Australia’s OGP national action plans, when the government wouldn’t commit to anything concrete…

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National Integrity Commission-where does the government stand?

26th November 2018 – Uncategorised

Throughout the consultations on the OGP since December 2015, those participating have put a national integrity commission high on the list of open government reforms.The government in adopting commitments in the first and second plan committed to “consider and assess all options for strengthening the national anti-corruption framework’ but nothing concrete or specific. Independent MP…

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Wrap up: Asia Pacific Regional Conference Seoul

7th November 2018 – Uncategorised

From (international) OGP Support Unit Seoul, South Korea – November 6, 2018 For the past two days, over one thousand reformers in government and civil society from more than fifty countries met in Seoul for the 2018 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting.  During the meeting they shared experiences and best practices, to ensure…

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Low key Australian presence at OGP Asia Pacific Regional Meeting

5th November 2018 – Uncategorised

Over 600 (Correction 1000) delegates are attending the OGP Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting that opened in Seoul today but only five are from Australia- two public servants and three others. It’s disappointing that no minister and no-one from Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the co-ordinating agency responsible for OGP matters, is there.  The Australian government…

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Australian Open Government Forum

1st November 2018 – News

Twenty seven nominees are listed on the PMC website, a good response to the call for nominations for the Forum. Pleasing too that new voices that have not been heard in the open government discussions to date have stepped forward, keen to take things further from here. Current Forum members  also on the Network Steering…

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Access and influence-‘not the fair go Australians expect.’

8th October 2018 – News, Points of View, Uncategorised

The Grattan Institute paper Who’s in the room? Access and influence in Australian politics“ is a detailed analysis of government policy making, that finds “Powerful groups have triumphed over the public interest in some recent debates, from pokies reform to pharmaceutical prices, to toll roads and superannuation governance. Stronger checks and balances on policy influence are…

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