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Friday, July 24, 2009

Conference circuit hits Canberra

Two conferences, fortuitously or otherwise on successive days in Canberra, worth consideration.

Public Affairs in the Nation's Capital, the annual Walkley Foundation gig examining media issues affecting the public sector, will include two sessions titled "Breaking down barriers: Freedom of Information and disclosure. The first, New reforms, new processes:what do they mean? featuring Joan Sheedy of PM&C, Peter Roberts of Charles Sturt University, and yours truly; followed by Roxanne Missingham of the Parliamentary Library on The public good-publishing online and Markus Mannheim of the Canberra Times on Secrecy's toxic effect on political journalism. With plenty of other interesting sessions to follow. The early bird rate cut-off is today.

Then on 6-7 August the Australian Institute of Administrative Law Annual National Forum will cover human rights, whistleblower reforms, the role of the ombudsman, and Freedom of Information and other topics as well. David Solomon and Michael McKinnon will discuss "FOI reform or political window dressing?", and Professor Bill Lane and Eleanor Dickens of Clayton Utz Brisbane, "Reforming FOI: Time for a new model?" Details here

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