Nine other countries received an 'action please' lettter.
In Australia's case we are now five months late (actually its three years since we received an invitation to join) and acting contrary to OGP process for action plan development.
Finance Secretary Halton, responding to questions from Senator John Faulkner recently said Finance was doing a lot of work on this prior to the Government making a decision on membership. My FOI application for the latest version of the document Finance is working through awaits a meaningful response.
The plan must be developed in partnership with civil society and include 'concrete commitments... that are ambitious and go beyond a country's current practice"so those of us outside the parliamentary triangle wait for someone to put their head above the parapet and say "any thoughts" "what's the best way to proceed" "who should we be talking to about this issue?"
After all as Secretary Halton also said her mantra is "consult, consult consult" because not all the clever people are in the Department of Finance.
The World Bank has recently drawn attention to the important role information commissioners can and should play in advancing domestic reforms through participation in the OGP.
The government bill to abolish the Office of Australian Information Commissioner is scheduled for debate in the Senate today.
If the bill passes the Office disappears on 31 December posing something of a challenge for those presenting ourselves to the OGP community of 65 countries where the information commissioner model is accepted as a crucial element of an open and transparent government system.
Finance better latch onto wisdom there before the lights go out.
Still, commonsense may prevail in the Senate.
We live in hope....