I'm putting together the next Purser Explores The World episode at the moment (it's going to be about the Awesome Folk at Open Australia and their new Freedom of Information - project Right To Know).
Anyway in preparing for the episode I came across this motion from Lee Rhiannon supporting the Right To Know project. Curious about the reaction from the Government Senator I've actually reached out to her via the letter below.
Dear Senator Collins,
I am writing seeking comment regarding the Freedom of Information motion put forward on the 29th November 2012 by Senator Lee Rhiannon regarding the expression of support for the Right To Know website developed and run by the Open Australia Foundation.
In your response you indicate that the Government would not be supporting the motion because
"It may well be a good initiative, but we are not yet in a position to know. We also note that the site is being launched with a hackfest and a reported intention to shame public servants. The government certainly does not support this."
Could you please outline where you got the information that the site's intention was to "shame public servants"? Also could you outline your objection to hackfests?
In a more general sense, does the Government support the development of these citizen led initiatives to open up the processes of Government and create a sense of greater engagement?
Thankyou for your time.
Producer/Presenter - Purser Explores The World and For Science!
I'll obviously let you know what I hear.