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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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Senate Estimates-questions and some answers about the OGP

24th May 2018 – Uncategorised

An extract from the Finance and Public Administration Committee hearing on Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet  22 May is reproduced below Senator Stoker  (LNP Qld) new on the scene as replacement for Senator Brandis shows welcome interest in the OGP. Senator McAllister (Labor NSW) raised questions about OGP in a previous Estimates round and…

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OGP Civil Society Steering Committee: NZer in with a chance

16th May 2018 – Uncategorised

 The current (global) OGP Civil Society Steering Committee selection process to fill vacancies is in the final stages. A public webinar with shortlisted candidates is scheduled for Wednesday 16 May at 3pm CET / 9am EST-12 midnight Australian Eastern Standard time This is an opportunity to hear from the candidates directly about their motivation and…

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Australian Update Webinar: #Open Gov Week

11th May 2018 – Uncategorised

The Australian OGP Update Webinar recorded this morning is now available on Facebook: Shreya Basu, OGP Support Unit, from Singapore, Daniel Stewart on his independent report on Australia’s progress with the first national action plan, Peter Timmins with an overview on where things stand at present, Damian Carmichael from Industry, Innovation and Science on Australia’s…

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Get social: OpenGovWeek event in Sydney

7th May 2018 – Uncategorised

Mel Flanagan, a strong campaigner for open government, has arranged an open gov week social gathering next Friday 11 May, 5pm – 9pm, at the Dove and Olive Hotel  156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills in Sydney. The Network supports the event: From Mel: “We’d love you to join us ! Please spread the word with…

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OGP:Aus update during Open Gov Week

7th May 2018 – Uncategorised

To celebrate global Open Gov Week 2018 and with tremendous help from Mel Flanagan and the team at Nook Studios, we are hosting a webinar on Friday 11 May with members of the open government community in Australia. You can join the conversation at our webinar. We’ll be discussing Australia’s Open Government Partnership commitment progress…

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MEAA: “The balance needs to be tipped back to the public’s right to know”

3rd May 2018 – Uncategorised

The top 10 Press Freedom issues in a survey of journalists and the public by the MEAA and published on World Press Freedom Day-along with the annual report this year with a chilling title- Criminalising Journalism: From the MEAA “Press freedom in Australia has deteriorated over the past decade according to a survey of more…

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