OIA Reform

September 30th, 2010 at 10:49 am by David Farrar

Yet to read the full discussion paper, but on the basis of the Herald report, the direction looks promising:

The paper strongly supported greater use of proactively releasing information, an idea that is gaining traction in the Open Labour NZ debate on a more transparent Government.

I have been pushing this issue for well over a year, and delighted to see the of a similar view. The Internet age makes it practical and desirable for information to be released, even in the absence of a specific request. The problem with the status quo, is people often don’t know that a document exists, so they can’t request it.

Talking of Open Labour, they have now distilled 63 suggested actions for open government from their consultation. You can vote on them here.

I’d urge readers to vote, and vote in good faith, on what they would like to see as policy. You do need to register to vote, so if you get permission denied, go to the top right and register.

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7 Responses to “OIA Reform”

  1. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    Typical that they choose to host this in the USA rather than NZ. Say one thing, do another.

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  2. RichardX (326 comments) says:

    I guess this is one way for Labour to garner some votes

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  3. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    Don’t be silly DPF, we’re not interested in contributing ideas that might improve the country, hating liarbore is what it’s all about.

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  4. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Oh FGS the infrastructure to run a poll like this exists on certain sites already, and those sites happen to be in the US. You’d rather Labour waste taxpayers’ money reinventing the wheel? Perhaps they should get some 4 x 2 and number 8 wire and knock up a NZ made car too… shouldn’t be driving an import, after all.

    Now, having got that out of the way…

    Kudos to Labour for this. I’ve voted. There are some absolutely excellent proposals to which I can’t imagine anyone objecting, such as introducing the teaching of civics into schools. There’s also some weird ideas (because they cleaerly don’t belong in an “open government” questionnaire, like “allow same sex couples to adopt”. How does that contribute to open government?!).

    There’s also a raft of valid but debateable proposals around lobbying, funding disclosure etc. At present the highest vote stands around 102 so that’s not nearly enough. Go and vote… and, as DPF says, do so seriously. Because if Labour produce a set of proposals which promise more open government, it’s entirely possible National will be forced to match them. And that can only be a good thing.

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  5. jaba (2,143 comments) says:

    I see Mallard is back from holiday censoring and insulting people .. Open Labour my Arse

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  6. Pete George (23,602 comments) says:

    The more Labour are supported in this the more chance of some of it influencing National, and sticking with Labour when they end up back in charge (and if they don’t they can be reminded what they had proposed).

    Mallard won’t be there forever.

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  7. Steve (4,565 comments) says:

    Quack

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