Parliamentary Openness

NZ government should sign the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness (

Why the contribution is important

The Decalaration has been aorund since 2012 and has a number of signatories.  It promotes transparency and asks for a culture of openness in each jurisdiction.  For New Zealand in partocular it wold allow us to move through a series of reforms that wold take pressure off OIA requests and promote openness as a dfault position.  As it is signing up to something then it is a firsts tep and one that is clearly and demonstrablty measurable for a Naitonal Action plan.

by macaulmi on August 15, 2016 at 10:12AM

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  • Posted by IdiotSavant August 15, 2016 at 11:28

    This is something the NZ Parliament does pretty well on already, so its an obvious step. At the same time, its an unambitious one, which doesn't require much. But it will strengthen the web of transparency, which is good.
  • Posted by macaulmi August 16, 2016 at 09:34

    Yes - it's very much of the low hanging fruit variety, which is precisely why it's something that is both desirable and feasible. More importantly, though, it will also hopefully lead to more considered reforms going forward. Still plenty to do.
  • Posted by Ari August 19, 2016 at 21:50

    This very much goes into the "very least we could do" pile. On the other hand it does also give a useful barometer to see if any of the OGP feedback is actually implemented...
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