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Other ideas

We’ve already worked with stakeholders to identify some areas where we think there’s a real opportunity for meaningful progress over the period of the next Plan. These include:

But we also welcome other ideas for themes and commitments for our next Open Government National Action Plan 2018-20.

The most useful ideas for commitments should be:

  • related to the OGP values:
    • access to information
    • civic participation
    • public accountability
    • technology and innovation for openness and accountability
  • achievable by June 2020; and
  • sufficiently ambitious so as to warrant inclusion in the Plan.

For examples, see Australia’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18. Or for international examples, see the OGP Explorer.

 

To participate, you’ll need to register for an account. You’ll then be able to respond to the questions under each of the proposed themes, leave a general comment or respond to those of other participants, and vote on comments.

We expect your comments to be respectful and relevant. As comments are moderated, they won’t appear until they’ve been approved. If, after submission, you do not receive a notification stating that your comment has been queued for review, your submission has not been successfully transmitted to us. In this case, please email your submission to ogp@pmc.gov.au and we will publish it on your behalf. Comments will close 30 March.

If you wish to make a longer submission, you can email us at ogp@pmc.gov.au. We’ll publish all submissions we receive.

The outputs from this and the face-to-face consultations will be made available to the Open Government Forum. At its meeting in April, the Forum will be asked to assess those ideas with substantial support, and make recommendations to government on prospective themes and commitments. When government releases its draft National Action Plan for public comments in June, it will also provide a response to ideas.

 

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We look forward to receiving your comments and ideas! Just register for an account and leave a comment below.

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Phil Jones

I am a member of the NSW Chapter of the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE).
Our main concern is creating awareness that infinite economic growth is not possible on a planet of finite resources.
So I have a question, rather than a comment.
Would there be any scope for CASSE to contribute to the new theme in a meaningful way? We are aware that the transition from the Growth Economy to the Steady State Economy would have an impact on a wide range of government departments, such as those covering the environment, treasury, finance, international trade, foreign policy and infrastructure, to name a few.
Or would I be more correct in thinking that the new theme will be only related to government transparency and access to information?
Kind regards,
Phil Jones

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The Open Government Partnership is specifically focussed on several values related to transparency, accountability and public engagement. These are:

  • access to information
  • civic participation
  • public accountability
  • technology and innovation for openness and accountability

For a prospective theme to be adopted, it must be related to one of these values.

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Ken Coghill

Thank you Phil for your input, which I welcome as a member of the Open Government Forum.
It is not outside the purposes of Open Government, but it would be helpful if you/CASSE could be more specific as to the way(s) in which the collection
and availablity of relevant information &/or civic participation could contribute, for example, to consideration of the case for a steady-state economy.

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The Melbourne consultations were held on 20 March and were attended by 18 participants from civil society. Key ideas that emerged from discussions relating to other ideas included:

  • justice and crime: greater citizen participation in the reform of sentencing guidelines. Greater promotion and community involvement in the review of criminal laws.
  • national identity: a national conversation about national identity and values, xenophobia 
  • better involving state and local governments in the OGP structure
  • cross-cutting integration with sustainable development goals

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The Brisbane consultations were held on 23 March and were attended by 10 participants from civil society. A key idea that emerged from discussions relating to other ideas included the development of a framework for involvement in the implementation of the SDGs

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The comments below have been posted on behalf of Mr Peter Timmins:

Based on the Sydney meet that I attended and feedback from Canberra and Melbourne, the round of consultations was disappointing to put it mildly.

Attendances were low. The lack of awareness of the OGP initiative continues. Beyond utilisation of social media, were steps taken to identify civil society organisations that would seem to have an interest in these issues? Did any agency other than PMC refer to the consultation on their website or contact organisations they deal with to encourage engagement?

The absence of indications from government of serious intent is a factor in the low level of engagement.

When has the PM followed up his words of November 2015 with anything that resembles strong ongoing enthusiasm for OGP principles and values? A statement by the PM followed by a personal invitation to come forward, contribute and engage with government might have received a better response.

The presentation and facilitation at the Sydney meeting would not engender confidence in any new comer that this is an initiative worth time and energy. Senior government officials were not present. Those who were lacked background and detailed knowledge which meant discussion of particular topics could not get beyond generalities.

Thought bubbles were the dish de jour.The Butchers paper notes published on the website do not reflect the views of the gathering.There was no attempt to seek consensus on topics or possible commitments.

Four hours during working hours is a big ask for those gainfully employed.Another session- shorter,deeper, attended by senior people and likely more engaging-might have seen others attend.

I'd add that the limited take up so far on the invitation to lodge written submissions also reflects low awareness and lack of enthusiasm-for reasons cited above.

An attempt to lift the game should start with the Prime Minister making it clear publicly that Australia is committed to reform, what is on the table and anything that isn and that he and his ministers welcome contributions and will ensure they are given serious consideration. 

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Gregory Thompson

In my earlier contribution I intended to express support for Peter Timmins observations and share some of the concerns expressed by Colleen Lewis but at the same time I look forward to further opportunities for face to face engagement in shaping the second National Action Plan. I note the OGP process will be strengthened as all of us in Government and in Civil Society strengthen our capacity to work together.

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