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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.