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The gradual relinquishing of our national sovereignty

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…

7 thoughts on “The gradual relinquishing of our national sovereignty

  1. While I have yet to research the ‘Open Government Partnership’ it sounds thoroughly Orwellian, and indeed some pre-cursor to International Governance no doubt predicated upon the usual menu of peace, justice, fairness and equality.

    What I don’t understand is why anybody continues to be fooled that there is some magic in sideways bureaucracy? If Turnbull wants to be open and transparent why doesn’t he just get on with it? To whom or what will Australia be subjecting itself to in order to force this vaunted transparency?

    1. Sorry, it’s me, I didn’t sign in!

      While I have yet to research the ‘Open Government Partnership’ it sounds thoroughly Orwellian, and indeed some pre-cursor to International Governance no doubt predicated upon the usual menu of peace, justice, fairness and equality.

      What I don’t understand is why anybody continues to be fooled that there is some magic in sideways bureaucracy? If Turnbull wants to be open and transparent why doesn’t he just get on with it? To whom or what will Australia be subjecting itself to in order to force this vaunted transparency?

      How does this increase accountability and to whom? A brief review of the idea makes my head hurt – it is typically bureaucratic and obviously designed for policy wonks and others of similar nature, perhaps even control freaks.

      Currently I have accountability and three levels of government I can cast a vote for. In the wake of the Trump vote and the Brexit vote I can only imagine the globalists are desperate to get something like this cooking along and fade national governments into irrelevance.

    1. Certainly can! Indeed it seems to have been lifted from his “Open Societies” playbook.

      The West, and it’s so-called Conservatives are so far on the back foot it is not funny. Brexit was a wonderful snub, Trump a punch on the nose, but these are small battles in a larger war we aren’t even on the playing field of yet.

      The Fabians have been stick handling through academia and arts (education and culture) for so long. Perhaps it is now that we are getting a chance to create a counter-culture? Without any compelling narrative how will we affect the future?

    2. The compelling narrative is there but the sheeple don’t have the capacity to seek. Those with the capacity have to sift through the MSM fog. Ron Paul carried the flag but was sunk by his party. Most of the few people I know who have heard of Ron Paul don’t have a clue about what he stands for. I guess it is up to us!

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