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Government working on improved information access- behind closed doors?

13th August 2018 – News

The Government gives itself a series of ticks for implementation of Commitment 3.1 in Australia’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. 2016-2018 and asserts implementation is “On track.” But 21 months after the Government included a commitment in the plan headed “Information management and access laws for the 21st century,” and described thus: “This commitment…

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Network Chair:”Minister listened, now more aware of OGP opportunities”

3rd August 2018 – News

Adjunct Professor The Hon Dr Ken Coghill, Chair of the Network Steering Committee has provided this comment. “Further to the published list of issues raised with Minister Cormann yesterday: We acknowledged the support provided to the Open Government Forum by senior officials.   However, we argued that the purposes of OGP membership could be well…

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Network raises concerns and suggests remedies in meeting with Minister Cormann

2nd August 2018 – Information, News

At a meeting in Melbourne today with the minister responsible for OGP co-ordination, Special Minister of State and Minister for Finance Senator Cormann, a delegation led by Network Steering Committee Chair Dr Ken Coghill called for action to publicly demonstrate that the government is serious about open government reform. Action along these lines could include A…

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Australia’s reform plans-ambitious, fully inclusive, delivering reforms most needed?

19th July 2018 – Uncategorised

Paul Maassen Director for Civil Society Engagement OGP Support Unit, speaking on Civil Society Day  at the OGP Summit in Georgia raises questions highly relevant here as Australia’s second effort at a national action plan draws to a close. On the basis of what we’ve seen so far, most observers would answer No. No. No.…

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OGP Global Summit, Georgia

19th July 2018 – News

The Fifth OGP Global Summit is underway in Tbilisi Georgia. The Australian Government is represented by Ms Lee Steel, Assistant Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Damian Carmichael, Department Industry Innovation and Science Other Australians attending are Fiona McLeod SC, Civic Society Co-Chair of the Open Government Forum and Chair Accountability Roundtable, Mel…

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Australia’s second national action plan: moving to final stages

19th July 2018 – News

The consultation on the draft plan concluded on 8 July. The Open Government Forum met in Canberra on 12 July. The next and final step in this process is government decision making, culminating in Cabinet consideration of the plan before it is submitted and released publicly next month. Thank you to those who attended the…

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Network members point to shortcomings in draft national action plan

3rd July 2018 – Uncategorised

In a submission by members of the network on the draft second national action plan, they highlight: Limited public engagement-an ongoing problem since Australia’s open government journey commenced in November 2015. The absence of visible public ministerial leadership, support and advocacy for the open government cause is a significant factor contributing to the low level…

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Gathering in Sydney to Discuss Second National Action Plan Tuesday July 3

27th June 2018 – News

Opportunities to meet face to face with Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet were limited to Canberra and Melbourne. So, separately, we have organised a gathering in Sydney for those who would like to discuss what has been put forward in the draft plan. Network member Jonathon Hunyor CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and a member of the…

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On the Web and in the Pub: Open Government Week 2018

26th June 2018 – News

Open Government Week in Australia Thanks to everyone who attended our Open Government Week events in May 7-11. We hosted a webinar and Social Meetup in Sydney. If you missed the webinar, here’s a video and transcript 1- Open Government Week Webinar Daniel Stewart Independent Reporter, Australian Open Government Civil Society Network Convenor Peter Timmins,  Department of…

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Ministerial engagement vital to development of ambitious open government reforms

3rd June 2018 – Uncategorised

The Network Steering Committee is concerned about the absence of ministerial engagement with the OGP  process, and wrote to  the minister responsible for co-ordination Senator Cormann, Minister for Finance and Special Minister of State on 16 May. Apart from an acknowledgement we are yet to receive a response. Dear Minister, We write on behalf of…

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