Author Archives: Kat Szuminska

Show your support for FOI laws today!

  Today you have an opportunity to support effective Freedom of Information (FOI) laws in Australia. If you support strong FOI legislation then you really can do something to help, and you have to do it today! Tomorrow the Senate will be voting on a Bill which we at the OpenAustralia Foundation believe will undermine […]

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Submission for the “Inquiry into the Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014”

    The Secretary of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee recently invited The OpenAustralia Foundation to make a submission on their Inquiry into the Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements). These amendments make it harder and more expensive to argue the case if and when agencies refuse requests for information under FOI law. This makes […]

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And we’re back

It’s been a quiet kind of year for the OpenAustralia Foundation. While we’ve seen maintenance work continue quietly in the background, upgraded OpenAustralia.org to catch up with changes at the official Federal parliamentary website aph.gov.au, ran Election Leaflets for the 2012 Queensland State Election, made Github our primary code host so we can accept more […]

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Queensland bars OpenAustralia from republishing its Hansard

In an extraordinary turn of events the Clerk of Queensland’s Parliament has refused OpenAustralia permission to republish the state’s proceedings of parliament. This is the email we received this afternoon Katherine, I have taken sometime to consider your request because of the multitude of issues and its long term policy implications. At the outset, I […]

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Government is heavy user of openaustralia.org email alerts

A recent remark about government users of our website, and our recent exchanges with the DPS made me wonder, just how many people@gov.au are signed up for our email alerts as part of their daily routine? I asked Matthew to take a look at the stats, so he did, and this is the result. So […]

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The Register is on its way

The sample volume of the Register of Members’ Interests is in many ways a mundane looking tome. Representatives’ entries look like forms any one of us might fill in. Some standard and diligent, no doubt from years of filling in the same forms with exactly the information requested in the headings, others’ perhaps overly detailed. […]

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I’ve got it written down here on a piece of paper

As of June 3rd, some more information on the Register of Members’ Interests “… as far as volume is concerned there are 7 binders with A4 sheets in them the size of the register grows progressively during the life of a parliament as members must notify ‘alterations of their interests’ within 28 days of the […]

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I've got it written down here on a piece of paper

As of June 3rd, some more information on the Register of Members’ Interests “… as far as volume is concerned there are 7 binders with A4 sheets in them the size of the register grows progressively during the life of a parliament as members must notify ‘alterations of their interests’ within 28 days of the […]

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OpenAustralia needs youse

OpenAustralia development is coming along steadily. However we do still have quite a few bugs to iron out. We’re now looking for people to test out the site before its public release. Get in touch if you’re interested.

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Hurrah for the Hansard

Hurrah, an official response from the Department of Parliamentary Services on our request to republish the Hansard. “You don’t require permission to reproduce Hansard extracts and from your recent email […] additionally I can confirm that your citing of the Hansard source is appropriate.” One small step for OpenAustralia, and one not insubstantial leap for […]

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