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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Federal Government rethink to follow PM Turnbull's commitment to open, consultative government?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is interested in a different approach to governing. 

In outlining the case for change of leadership on Monday he spoke of the wisdom to be found outside Canberra's parliamentary triangle, the intention to be truly consultative and the importance of open government:
We need to be truly consultative with colleagues, members of Parliament, senators and the wider public. We need an open government, an open government that recognises that there is an enormous sum of wisdom both within our colleagues in this building and, of course, further afield.
An early test of the strength of this commitment will be whether the government withdraws the bill to abolish the Office of Australian Information Commissioner still sitting in the Senate Bills List after 16 months without majority support, and ends the two years of dithering about 'will we won't we' sign up to the Open Government Partnership.

Decisions to stick with the bill and funding cutbacks for the FOI and information policy functions, and to turn our back on the OGP will speak louder than words.


  1. So in that case Peter there'll be no more need for a "Captain's pick"?

  2. Bernie, Must stop meeting like this! We're still waiting for the deeds to support the words but I'm hopeful that we have a believer in more open government this time round