An OIA website with automatic release level
Needs to be more transparency around pecuniary interests
Amend the Local Government Act 2002 to require declaration of pecuniary interests before elections – same as Parliament.
That all Parliamentary proceedings such as Select Committees be broadcast over the internet and television.
All research done by ministries and their advice to the minister should be put on the internet in an easily searchable database. OIA shouldn’t have to be used.
Open Parliament to the OIA within limits
Sharing more information through open standards and open data
Publicly disclose donations over $1000
Require lobby groups to register and declare their funding as in Canada.
Civics in schools - give people the tools to be able to participate as citizens - although the nature of the current school system makes it hard to implement
Third party lobbyists should have to register their client lists. As required in the US and Australia.
A big problem for sites like theyworkforyou is the massive amount of work required to run them because the Hansard does not follow standard formats. If it was open and parsable, it would allow for much more open government and more accountability on what is said in the House.
Have a referendum on becoming a republic.
Public sector data and information should be seen as a “national resource” and be released free of charge as a matter of course with exceedingly rare exceptions.
a) The information could lead to the injury or death of a New Zealander. b) Information that if released prematurely would damage the economy and thus should wait for official release even though that may take some time. c) Information that is not the governments to reveal. (Private data)
Allow Same-Sex couples to adopt, bringing us in line with Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Brazil, et al.
The Bill of Rights should become superior law. Legislation passed by Parliament could then be struck down by a judicial mechanism if it is found to be inconsistent with the Bill of Rights - a basic safety valve for a Open and transparent government. That citizens should know and understand they have these rights as part of a “democratic community” and that a government or court cannot repress.
Implement a National Broadband Network
There must be more information about what information is available, and also how to access the information that is available to the public.
The details of MPs pecuniary interests should be made public, not just the title of the trust or business venture etc.
A Greater Ability for the government to procure open source software
The Attorney General should report on the rights implications of all legalisation and require all ministers responsible for a Bill to reply to a report showing breaches.
Limit the amount any one donor can give to a campaign and make donor information available online so that the average person can find out who is funding what – For all electoral campaigns and for referenda.
Open standards for file formats
Lobbyist firm registration should include directors/owners of the company and employees who act as lobbyists (to assess if they have come from the public sector; as required in Australia)