Australia is a very interesting country, when it is about the Internet. On the bad side, there are forces wishing to filter the content in a strong manner; there is no flat fee illimited Internet access. On the good side, they are quite ahead in terms of virtual worlds, and, above all, they are quite advanced in terms of government 2.0
In June 2009, the government launched a government 2.0 task force, which published a report 22nd december 2009. The philosophy was very interesting: recommendation were to work on three different lines: Opendata access to administration, use at most web2.0 tools to communicate with citizen, and change the culture of administration employees, to a more collaborative mode.
On the 3rd of may 2010, which means only three months later, the Australian Governement officially reacted to this report, the document being produced under creative common license!
The analysis of the answer is very much encouraging. It start with :
The Australian Government is committed to the principles of openness and transparency in Government, and a Declaration of Open Government is an important affirmation of leadership in these principles. A Declaration, in conjunction with the Australian Government’s proposed reforms to the Freedom of Information Act 1982, will also assist in driving a pro-disclosure culture across government. Accordingly, the Australian Government will draft a Declaration of Open Government for presentation to the Parliament, and through it, to the Australian people.
On the 13 recommendations, only 1 was deferred, 1 was noted, and the other one were agreed, with or without modification. One of them will be the creation of a central portal site, data.gov.au, to follow.
I wish France would do the same !!!