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...
ART letter to the PM. Why are we signing up to open government while abolishing the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner?

ART letter to the PM. Why are we signing up to open government while abolishing the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner?

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull, MP Prime Minister Parliament House CANBERRA   ACT 2600 06/04/2016   Dear Prime Minister I Chair the Accountability Round Table . I refer to our previous correspondence of 10 October 2015 concerning the Open Government Partnership.   May...
Did Australia sign up to the Open Government Partnership knowing it won’t keep its commitments?

Did Australia sign up to the Open Government Partnership knowing it won’t keep its commitments?

The Open Government Partnership, an international effort to secure commitments from governments worldwide ” to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance” was signed up to by the Turnbull...