Officials may have been understandably tired and a bit short of briefing material and thinking time following the recent decision that Australia join and AGD carry the load.
However David Fredericks Deputy Secretary, Civil Justice and Legal Services Group who responded to questions hardly sounded brimming with enthusiasm or fully across some of the implications of signing on to a government-civil society partnership.
In response to questions from Senator Rhiannon, Mr Fredericks said no, there was no specific budget allocation for the OGP; staffing is yet to be sorted; and consultation on development of a national action plan would be as per the usual way AGD deals with stakeholders. But as to the detail, and content issues such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, it was too early to say. The Hansard extract appears below.
Fair enough on content, although AGD thinking on this front late last year was jumping ahead, narrow and limited in ambition.
But on development of the National Action Plan, the OGP Articles of Governance include guidance that suggests something very different from business as usual consultation, at least of the dry as dust old-style kind we saw recently with the AGD supporting Dr Hawke's FOI review.
I'm sure Mr Fredericks has this back at the office. Other readers may find it of interest: