Resourcing of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – Australian OGP Commitment 3.1 – Submission 2

Resourcing of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – Australian OGP Commitment 3.1 – Submission 2

On 31 May 2017 there was a discussion between members of Accountability Round Table and the Department of the Attorney-General concerning Australia’s the OGP National Action Plan that resulted in our first submission on proper resourcing of the Office of the...
Resourcing of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – Australian OGP Commitment 3.1 – Submission 1

Resourcing of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – Australian OGP Commitment 3.1 – Submission 1

Accountability Round Table has long held concerns about the protection of Freedom of Information given the abolition of the oversight body, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), followed by its restoration in a weakened and underfunded form....
Open Government Partnership – National Action Plan. ART Submission 4. Freedom of Information.

Open Government Partnership – National Action Plan. ART Submission 4. Freedom of Information.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION Open Government Australia in its Draft National Action Plan includes Commitment 3.1 – Information management and access laws for the 21st century. At present the draft commitment reads; “We will ensure our information access laws are...
Freedom of Information? Not so free now – Part 2. ART and the Audit of the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982

Freedom of Information? Not so free now – Part 2. ART and the Audit of the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982

The Accountability Round Table continues to be concerned about the reduced state of the Federal Freedom of Information Act and its implementation. The role of the freedom of information Commissioner remains vacant and has been vacant for some 22 months. The submission...
Freedom of Information?  Not so free now – Part 1. ART and the Audit of the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982

Freedom of Information? Not so free now – Part 1. ART and the Audit of the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982

The Accountability Round Table has long been concerned about the reduced state of the Federal Freedom of Information Act and its implementation. The submission below, and its covering letter addresses part of our concern in drawing attention to the administration of...
Cairns Tropical Writers Festival  – Tim Smith on “Democracy at the Crossroads?”

Cairns Tropical Writers Festival – Tim Smith on “Democracy at the Crossroads?”

This paper, “Democracy at the Crossroads?” was delivered by Hon Tim Smith QC  at the Cairn’s Tropical Writers Festival, 11 August 2016. In it, he sets out two broad principles to which members of parliament should adhere, The “Fitzgerald Principles” and The...
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