Topic archives: transparency

It’s not about ‘foreign interference’. It’s about curbing transparency.

June 8, 2018 18

The foreign interference laws are a cover for a dramatic expansion in secrecy laws — one that has only partly been thwarted.

Did the ABC and Fairfax just kowtow to our bumbling, repressive government?

February 5, 2018 33

The ABC and Fairfax got lucky in getting access to sensitive documents. In both cases they decided to play fair with a government hellbent on undermining transparency.

Tracking transparency: Border Force’s record on access and denial

January 23, 2018 2

We were delighted to see the intelligence operatives so keen to be open with the press about matters around asylum seekers this morning -- as we see, it has not always been the case.

Political donations: where to find out who is lobbying legislators

November 8, 2017

The transparency around political donations is borderline nonexistent, so where can you go to find out where the money comes from and where it goes?

How our lobbying laws discriminate against small business

August 2, 2017 1

Our inconsistent rules around lobbying transparency mean small and medium-sized businesses face greater accountability than larger firms.

Tax Office tries to fight FOI by arguing it’s an OHS risk. Information Commissioner says ‘shaddup’, basically.

May 15, 2017 2

The Australian Taxation Office has been told it should process an freedom of information request hosted on transparency website Right to Know.

Why are ministers so hellbent on keeping their diaries secret?

February 28, 2017 6

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has appealed a decision ordering him to hand over his diary to Crikey under FOI law.

Rudd-Turnbull UN Wickr chats go missing

February 21, 2017 4

Conversations between Rudd and Turnbull over UN bid have evaporated, according to the Prime Minister's Office.

Labor also rolling in finance industry dough

Labor also rolling in finance industry dough

February 2, 2017

The big business sectors lifted their donation game in 2015-16 -- but we still know little about where a lot of political money is coming from.

Fifield ordered to hand over diary after every ridiculous excuse fails

January 27, 2017 10

Mitch Fifield's office tried numerous, spurious reasons as to why it could not possibly be transparent with the public about the meetings he was taking on their behalf, but they were all rejected.

One Nation’s ‘web-based computer programme’ will fix everything wrong with govt, you guys

January 12, 2017 14

A web-based computer program to cure what ails our travel entitlements. And our government contracts. Which are a teensy bit conflated but look, never mind.

The George Brandis Diaries continued…

September 15, 2016

Labor has filed an FOI request trying to see if George Brandis met equally with pro- and anti- same-sex marriage campaigners.

If donations are a sackable offence, here are eight more pollies who should have gone

September 8, 2016 17

If we're going to start pinging politicians who break no donations laws but behave "unethically" then there are plenty who could have resigned already.

Parties like foreign donation laws just the way they are, thanks

September 6, 2016 16

There's little interest from either side of politics in banning foreign donations: they're worth millions to them.

Wondering why the Liberals won’t ban foreign donations?

Wondering why the Liberals won’t ban foreign donations?

September 5, 2016 2

Liberals sure are cross about Sam Dastyari taking money from a Chinese-linked company. Maybe they'll just ban foreign donations! Oh wait, maybe not ...

Get set for donations reform — that suits the major parties

September 1, 2016 8

The major political parties are already moving to ensure any changes to political donation disclosure don't lead to greater transparency about who is funding them.

On-water matter or just bureaucracy? Why FoI requests are languishing

May 3, 2016 1

Not adequately staffing departments to meet the demand for freedom of information requests causes a bottleneck to government transparency.

How torrents of cash disguise political donation accountability

March 29, 2016 16

The money flows between different branches of a political party demonstrate how difficult it is to achieve even minimal transparency in political donations when a party sets out to hide them.

Why we’re groping in the dark on political donations

February 2, 2016 10

The state of our political disclosure regime means that we're only getting part of the picture on who is trying to influence our political parties.

Tips and rumours: public sector data should be open unless it makes the govt look bad

December 7, 2015

Never say public servants can’t achieve new heights in risk aversion. Yesterday the department of Prime Minister and Cabinet released a paper on “public service data management”, meant to “deliver a roadmap to unlock the potential of public sector data to drive innovation, efficiency, productivity and economic growth”. Sounds great, right? Even though it was commissioned […]