Australian Integrity Advocacy Organisations

Australian Integrity Advocacy Organisations

@AusDisclosure

@AusDisclosure,  is the Twitter bot that lets you know when an Australian political party has realised they’ve forgotten to declare a donation, and when a politician has declared a new gift or business interest.  Built by Nick Evershed, Guardian journalist.

The Australian Collaboration

The Australian Collaboration is a consortium of peak national community organisations representing social, cultural and environmental constituencies and interests. The main activities of the Collaboration are to act as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, to carry out research, to publish essays and books and to provide educational materials on important societal issues.

Essays books and reports available here. Fact and issue sheets available here

Australian Party Politics Polls and Leaks

A Facebook group dedicated to discussing Australian politics.

AustralianPolitics.com

Its “About” page says

“australianpolitics.com is the work of Malcolm Farnsworth.  I am a (possibly) former secondary school teacher in Melbourne.
It began as a site for students of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Political Studies course and originally appeared as VCEpolitics.com in 1995.
Over time, the site has developed into an eclectic archive of documents, speeches, data and assorted information, including audio files of significant events.

This site includes information on various ideas for Parliamentary reform.

Centre for Democratic Institutions

CDI was established by the Australian government to support the efforts of new democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. Our core budget is provided by AusAID, Australia’s Agency for International Development, and we are based in the Crawford School of Economics and Government in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University in Canberra

Cluey Voter

Cluey Voter is a website providing below the line voting assistance. The voter enters general preferences as to support or otherwise of parties and independents, then the system generates a personal “how to vote” list for all candidates that the voter can then use in the polling booth.

Democratic Audit

Democratic Audit conducts Audits to assess Australia’s strengths and weaknesses as a democratic society. From early 2008 the Audit has been based at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, with continuing input from researchers at ANU and other universities.

Democracy4sale

The Democracy4sale project analyses all political donations made to the NSW divisions and Federal divisions of the major parties, and more recently local government in NSW, and presents this data to the public in a simple website that sorts donations to political parties by industry category. The Democracy4sale project is an initiative of the Greens NSW.

eGov.au

Craig Thomler’s professional blog – eGovernment and Gov 2.0 thoughts and speculations from an Australian perspective.

This website is devoted to e-government, electronic voting, online citizen engagement and similar topics.

ElectionWire

Grass roots activist journalism.

“electionWIRE is a space where hard-hitting journalism meets insightful user-generated content to present the issues defining the Federal Election for young Australians.

Vibewire Youth Inc and YouTube have teamed up to ensure that it’s covered your way.

We’ve engaged 14 of the brightest reporters from the next generation. They’re stationed across the nation awaiting your questions and suggestions. The project will be overseen by seasoned political reporters and editors.

You too can set the agenda by uploading your own reports, animations or opinion pieces!”

Electoral Reform Australia

Electoral Reform Australia is the web site of the Proportional Representation Society of Australia, NSW Branch. Electoral Reform Australia has been created to promote better electoral models in Australia, for government and all other elected bodies. Our goal is to provide information and resources and to encourage a better understanding of electoral systems in Australia.

Funding & Disclosure Inc.

Offers “access to ‘real time’ continuous disclosure of donations and gifts to political candidates.” They solicit information from candidates and the public about donations and gifts to politicians. The website posts this information by grouping it for particular elections. Each State or Federal election has an information launch date.

Left Right Think Tank 

Is an Australian independent and non profit think tank of and for young people. It develops public policy, provides a platform for ideas and educates young people. It also develops high-impact policy by young people focused on the long term across the entire policy spectrum, not just on youth related issues. Includes policies on electoral reform for young people.

“Our vision is for a nation that seeks and embraces the ideas of young people. We aim to help create a society where young people advise and are consulted on national issues of broad community concern, not just youth issues. We are not-for-profit and all our staff are aged between 16 – 24 and volunteer their time for our cause.”

National Office in Melbourne, Victoria. Five state teams in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.

Media Direct

Media Direct was launched at the end of August 2014 to provide a better way for whistleblowers and media sources to be protected from surveillance by security agencies. Its primary purpose is to protect journalistic sources.

Crikey comments, “Whistleblowers are a critical resource for a watchdog press, which is why mass surveillance mechanisms like data retention pose such a fundamental threat not just to privacy, but to the quality of our civil society.”

At the time of writing the website was being updated and was not functioning.

MyPolitician

This site is designed to help users compare politicians. Modeled after the  Government “My School” website idea, this site encourages citizens to rate their politicians. it also includes news and Twitter feeds by and about Australian politicians.

“You can quickly locate statistical and contextual information about politicians in your electorate and compare them with other politicians across the country.”

New Democracy

The aim of new democracy is to provide realistic and innovative alternative models of government that are determined by the people. We will achieve this by engaging ordinary Australians to discuss political reform and by empowering people to have a say in the process.

Our specific objectives are:

  • to promote a process for proposing an electoral model that improves government by encouraging consensus rather than division
  • to hold a Citizens’ Parliament to review the current political system and recommend better alternative models
  • to host other supporting forums that enable citizen consultation on political reform
  • to conduct and publish research on the outcomes of the Citizens Parliament and supporting activities
  • to consult with governments on the outcomes of the Citizens’ Parliament and supporting activities

 

Open and Shut

This blog takes an interest in issues associated with Freedom of Information (FOI) and privacy legislation in Australia. It also includes comment about open transparent and accountable government and related issues generally drawing on developments in Australia and overseas.

OpenAus

OpenAus is a series of online initiatives by Rosie Williams who combines a sociology background with an interest in using Australian Government data sets to make various aspects of government functioning transparent.

OpenAus Website

OpenAus Blog

OpenAus Twitter Account Rosie Williams @Info_Aus

OpenAustralia Foundation

The OpenAustralia Foundation is a pioneering charity whose vision is to transform democracy in Australia. Our mission is to give all Australians the tools they need to affect the change they want. We create technologies that encourage and enable people to participate directly in the political process on a local, community and national level.

We currently do this through our three websites OpenAustralia.org, PlanningAlerts.org.au and ElectionLeaflets.org.au. These websites aim at finding better ways of making government, the public sector and political information freely and easily available for the benefit of all Australians. This transparency aims to encourage and inform people about how they can make a difference.

  • OpenAustralia.org is a non-partisan website run by a group of volunteers which aims to make it easy for people to keep tabs on their representatives in Parliament. More about them here
  • Planning Alerts.org.au sends email alerts if building applications are made in your vicinity.
  • Election Leaflets.org.au is a website dedicated to monitoring the content of election leaflets.The site encourages people to upload pictures of election leaflets circulated in their electorate, then allows readers to scrutinize those leaflets.

OpenAustralia.org  is a Project website build by Open Australia that enables people to keep track of what politicians are doing and saying on our behalf in Parliament. “We believe that politicians work for us and that to ensure that we have a healthy democracy we, the public, need to be able to access and search the official Parliamentary records (Hansard) freely and easily.”

The Open Victoria Project

The Open Victoria Project will be a theoretically informed, prototype platform that exposes parliamentary information as well as citizen produced information in a way that it is useful for the promotion of a two-way dialogue between political representatives and the public. It will do this through an approach that utilises communication tools and services that largely already exist (such as iGoogle, Twitter, Facebook etc.), but have not been fully utilised nor understood in a political sense, by the public, civil society, pressure groups, associations  nor by elected representatives.  Rather than building a completely new platform, as has been the case with a number of somewhat underutilised government initiatives, the project will take advantage of largely existing and heavily used social network platforms and provide tools and services to augment their existing capacity for informing and communicating government policy processes.”

OurSay

The site was created to enable people to submit questions to be put to people in positions of power.

Other registered members of OurSay vote on the question they want answered, and the politicians respond to the highest voted questions.

How does OurSay work?

First, post a question. Ask the questions you want asked about the issues you want to tackle. If you’re not sure what to ask, browse other questions and vote for them.
Second, vote. Check out other questions and vote for the questions you like. Remember you only have 7 votes (Which is more votes than the government gives you). We will reset your votes at the start of each hot seat!
Third, Invite. Get friends to vote for your favourite questions through social media channels like facebook and twitter.
Fourth, Watch. Once the voting and question period ends we take the most popular questions and wrangle community leaders to respond.
Finally, Get Chatty. Comment on other people’s questions, get more information and plan your next question and your next vote. Before and after the hot seat response, talk about it. Was it good? What did you like and why?

OZloop

OZloop is a blog for Australian public servants. It has over 500 members who contribute blog posts on matters of public service transparency.

It says about itself,

“OZloop is a space for public servants and citizens to highlight and share matters associated with the public service. The driving idea behind this is that open government will not be anyway near as great as it can be if the public service does not model decency and openness in the way it deals with employees and the public. 

Our job, therefore, is to bring discussions that currently take place behind closed doors out into the open. It is also our job to bring systemic issues and abusive practices out into the open.

 Open government requires open and authentic conversation between politicians, public servants and the community. The public service is pivotal to this and, as we see from the raft of issues raised by institutionalised bullying and mobbing, by unnecessary secrecy and rampant risk aversion, it is the the public service that is impeding progress.”

The Power Index

Magazine style blog headed by Paul Barry, devoted to exposing connections of power and influence in Australia.

Public Interest Advocacy Centre

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is an independent, non-profit law and policy organisation that works for a fair, just and democratic society, empowering citizens, consumers and communities by taking strategic action on public interest issues.

The Public Interest Law Clearing House

The Public Interest Law Clearing House (VIC) Inc. (PILCH) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which is committed to furthering the public interest, improving access to justice and protecting human rights. PILCH does this by facilitating pro bono legal services to Victorian individuals and organisations in need, and by undertaking law reform, policy work and legal education.”

They Vote for You

This webpage tracks the voting and parliamentary attendance record of current Federal politicians. Run by the OpenAustralia Foundation, the website format is based on a similar website that has been running for some time in the UK, “They work for you“. More useful in constituencies where votes are less locked in that in Australia, the site nevertheless offers useful information in a simple form for checking on political activity. The Guardian Australia wrote an article on the launch of the site, “They vote for you: How we’re taking back politics.

Transparency International Australia

Transparency International Australia is the Australian national chapter of Transparency International (TI), the global coalition with a presence in over 80 countries. TI is dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption. TI believes that corruption is one of the greatest challenges of the contemporary world.

Webdiary

Margo Kingston founded Webdiary for the Sydney Morning Herald in July 2000, took it independent on August 22, 2005, and retired from it in December 2005. What was once ‘an open conversation’ between Margo and her readers has become an open conversation between the readers, based on articles written by readers (and from time to time by Margo). It isn’t really a blog, since there is no single editorial or authorial voice, and it’s rare for two entries in a month to come from the same Webdiarist.

Webdiary has a topic area ” Defending Democracy” to which Democratic Audit contributes

Whistleblowers’ Australia

Whistleblowers Australia Inc. is an association for those who have exposed corruption or any form of malpractice, especially if they were then hindered or abused, and for those who are thinking of exposing it or who wish to support those who are doing so.

YouPoll

Website for grass roots democracy. Vote on current affairs issues.

YourView

A site where you can address the issues of the day by both voting on them and by elaborating your arguments about your position.

 

Twitter # and @

#auspol – for federal political chat

#actpol – for ACT political comment and news

#nswpol – for NSW political comment and news

#ntpol – for NT political comment and news

#qldpol – for QLD political comment and news

#sapol – for SA political comment and news

#taspol – for TAS political comment and news

#wapol – for WA political comment and news

#gov2au – for information on Australian Gov 2.0 advances.

@AuSenate  – for news and updates for the Australian Senate

@AboutTheHouse  – News and updates from the official Twitter account of Australia’s House of Representatives

@ParlLibrary  – Keep up to date with the Australian Parliamentary Library’s publications and events

@AUS_Hansard – the official twitter feed of Australian Hansard

@VicParliament  – Official feed of the Parliament of Victoria.

@AssemblyWA  – The twitter feed of  the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia

@WALegCouncil  – The Legislative Council is the upper House of the State Parliament of Western Australia