Yearly Archives: 2012

Western Australians – Make a difference before you vote

Screenshot of SMH article on ElectionLeaflets.org.au

In less than 3 months, over 1.3 million Western Australians will head to the polls to decide their state government for the next 4 years. Voters will soon be bombarded by advertising on TV, radio, billboards and online – that is if it hasn’t already started. But what about those largely hidden weapons in the […]

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Federal Senate congratulates the OpenAustralia Foundation for its ‘Right to Know’ initiative

Earlier today a motion was presented to the Senate which notes the creation of the Freedom of Information request site Right To Know we launched yesterday and which urges the government to, “use the site, provide feedback, and support the Foundation in its aim of encouraging effective citizen access to government information.” We are very […]

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Why we think that Freedom of Information should be easy

In the lead up to the launch of Right To Know, we organised an all weekend Hack[s]fest event for which we asked journalists, activists and software developers interested in Freedom of Information to come along and work together for the final push. As if writing software and making freedom of information requests wasn’t enough, volunteer […]

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You have the Right To Know

Whether you are an octogenarian human rights activist, a working mother, a twenty something surfer or still at school, the government undoubtedly has information that is useful to you and many people like you who share your interests. But am I allowed to access it? Yes! 30 years ago Australia enacted a law which changed […]

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You’re invited to our Freedom of Information Hack[s]fest

As you may have heard, the OpenAustralia Foundation is really close to launching a new site that makes Australian Freedom of Information requests really straightforward for ordinary people. The site also opens up the whole process of making Freedom of Information requests by making the whole paper (or rather email) trail of request and responses […]

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Seeds of Parliamentary support to bring NSW Hansard on to OpenAustralia.org

Since we started OpenAustralia we’ve wanted to republish not only the Federal but also State and Territory Parliaments on Openaustralia.org. Bizarrely (to us) its been much harder to get the States on board with this than our own Federal Government; while there remain challenges ahead we’re quietly confident. It’s the twenty first century after all, […]

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Accelerating to the future of online democracy in Australia

The OpenAustralia Foundation has achieved some remarkable things in the few short years that it’s been going. We’ve built some great projects that have shown Australia that democracy and the internet can be very good and positive bed-fellows, done a bit to help push governments in the right direction and most importantly of all, helped […]

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Opening up membership

We want people who actively contribute to our projects to have a say in what we do, and how we do it so we’re opening up membership to the OpenAustralia Foundation. If you’ve made a significant contribution to our projects in the past and you’re interested in becoming a member then please drop us a […]

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A Proposal to the Taskforce

Update: See the end for an update Around September 2009 as the Government 2.0 Taskforce was coming towards the end of its term a few months later, Nicholas Gruen, the chair of the Taskforce, let us know that they were likely to have a significant amount of money left unspent at the end of their […]

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What’s new with PlanningAlerts, part 2

In part one, we covered some of the new features that we’ve added in the last couple of months. Next, we’ll cover the myriad of improvements, some small, some large, that we’ve made to existing features. Most of these, as a normal person using the site, individually you might never notice the difference. Small aesthetic […]

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