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Monday, November 24, 2014

Voice up about the government bill to abolish the information commissioner

Add Professor AJ Brown of Griffith University to that group urging the Senate not to vote to abolish the Office of Australian Information Commissioner. 

Writing in The Conversation about what was achieved on the anti-corruption front at the G20 Leaders Summit and what still remains to be done, Professor Brown asks can we do better?
Can Australia, or the G20 as a whole, do better than this? The answer is we must. Why would Australia not also show its leadership by completing the decision to join the Open Government Partnership? Or announce that it intends to become a full member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, another international mechanism endorsed and encouraged by the G20? Or back its commitments to transparency with a positive blueprint for open data and citizen rights to information, rather than abolishing the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner as is currently underway?  Or say how it intends to clean up its own “know your customer” requirements and enforcement, under the new beneficial ownership principles? All these issues signal what many average citizens fear – there’s a huge gap between the rhetoric of leaders and the reality of their governments’ actions."

Contact a crossbencher today about the Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill, up for a vote soon- the bill is not a step even vaguely in the right direction.

Senator Day
(02) 6277 3373
twitter @senatorbobday

Senator Madigan
(02) 6277 3471

twitter @SenJJMadigan

Senator Xenophon
(02) 6277 3552

twitter @Nick_Xenophon

Senator Leonhjelm
(02) 6277 3054

twitter @DavidLeonhjelm

Senator Lazarus
(02) 6277 3204

Senator Wang
(02) 6277 3843

Senator Muir
(02) 6277 3040

Senator Lambie
(02) 6277 3063

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