Australia’s basic democratic principles and culture, were forged both internally and from the influences of Britain.
Moreover, when Australia breached the civil rights of Aboriginals or committed other wrongdoings, it was Australians who converged to remedy the problems, not foreign bodies or international organisations.
Basically, Australia was made great because of Australian people and the well- meaning migrants who came.
Its admission to the UN in 1945 did not revolutionize our way of life here, and thankfully, the organisation’s domestic impacts have remained limited thus far.
So what use, besides relinquishing our own national sovereignty, could signing up to an international open government partnership bring?
I am curious, as to this point I have not heard a substantial argument regarding why this agreement is essential.
Australians have bound together to solve their own problems before. So in the case of government corruption, we should do so again, and not be bound or affected by the opinions and judgements of outsiders.
“Malcolm Turnbull signs up to international open government partnership”, The Age, December 6, 2016:
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has put government transparency on the agenda by signing up to an international agreement designed to make public administrations more open and accountable.
In what has been viewed as a notable departure from his predecessor Tony Abbott, Mr Turnbull’s department has decided Australia will become a member of the Open Government Partnership, joining dozens of countries that have also signed up to the cause.
The partnership was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for governments to be more open and responsive to the community, but Australia has spent several years considering whether to proceed with membership, which was first foreshadowed by the Gillard government before it was swept from power.
The decision to get involved now means the government must develop a national plan to be released in July, which will outline how it intends to improve transparency and integrity in the public’s interest.
“Joining the OGP is a unique opportunity for Australia to demonstrate leadership in open government practices, to work alongside G20 counterparts in encouraging cooperation and combating corruption, and to share knowledge on improving public services and better managing public resources,” a spokeswoman for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet said.
The decision to join the international partnership was made with little fanfare last month, and integrity advocates have welcomed the move in the wake of a series of setbacks, such as an attempt under Mr Abbott to abolish to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, cuts to Freedom of Information funding, and ongoing government secrecy surrounding asylum seeker boats…