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Thursday, December 10, 2015

An independent network of supporters of Open Government Partnership?

Sorry for silence here for a week or so , but.. ...

I've been busy working towards a get together in Sydney on Friday 11 December of some of the organisations and individuals who wish to engage with the Federal government on issues concerning the Open Government Partnership, given consultation is about to start on development of a national action plan of reform measures around transparency, accountability, open government and citizen participation.

Experience in other OGP member countries, the UK for instance is that an independent network can play an important role in collaborating with and challenging government to develop and implement ambitious reforms through membership of the partnership. 

Not a great time of the year for getting people together at short notice, but  invitations have gone out and look forward to exchanging thoughts with those who can make it.

Organisations that have expressed interest in the independent network idea include

Accountability Roundtable

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network

Australian Council of Social Services

Blueprint for Free Speech

Civil Society Australia 

Code for Australia

Creative Commons Australia

Electronic Frontiers Australia

Independent Community Accountability Network

Internet Australia

Open Australia Foundation

Open Knowledge Australia

Public Interest Advocacy Center

Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Uniting Church of Australia

Transparency International Australia 

There are other irons in the fire and individuals who support the concept will of course be part of this.The priority at the moment is to see if we can put the foundations in place.

Email me if you would like to register an interest.

Government information sessions about the OGP and the national action plan consultations are scheduled next week in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Get along if you can. I'll be at Sydney on Tuesday. 

Democracy is hard but worthwhile work. We can make a difference.


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