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Little Bird

These articles are exclusive to my blog and cover a range of topics including the role played by open data in political and financial transparency and accountability, privacy, social justice and human rights.

Is Aussie pollies’ failure to declare cryptocurrency a joke on us?

1st May 2019

Rosie investigates whether Australian politicians should be declaring their Bitcoin along with their other investments.

Introducing Commonwealth Tenders Search

29th Apr 2019

Have you ever wondered which agencies outsource the most and which companies they outsource to?

Update and appeal for donations

8th Apr 2019

I have survived the past months solely thanks to your generosity but can I make the important work that I do sustainable in the long term?

Our Most Prolific Corporate Gift Givers

5th Apr 2019

Ever wondered which companies give most often to our federal politicians? Recent analysis of interests data provides answers.

We are all special snowflakes and why it matters

28th Mar 2019

Macquarie university researcher responds to ABS TableBuilder claims.

For better or worse

21st Mar 2019

We need to show Richard Boyle that we have his back.

The hidden wealth of Basic Religious Charities

1st Mar 2019

It's time to remove the reporting exception that allows churches to hide their wealth.

It's Christmas every day for our politicians

28th Jan 2019

Receiving gifts and favours is part and parcel of political life. This cheat-sheet provides a bird's-eye view of gifts and hospitality as it stands today.

Looking back and beyond: Crowd-funding and the kindness of strangers

25th Jan 2019

The truth can have few friends so building and running transparency projects is not for the faint-hearted. Here's the view from the inside.

What it's like being poor in Australia's crazy housing bubble

20th Aug 2018

Most of the debate about housing is framed around the recent realisation that younger middle class people are now worried they may not be able to afford to buy their own houses, shock horror! Contrasted with this view is the story of what the poor (who have never had access to the property market) are faring.

Baird unleashes on her audience, revealing right wing bias

13th Aug 2018

For the last two weeks I've been busily building a couple of datasets and developing a site to track ABC panellists, their affiliations and number of appearances.

The bumpy road to think tank transparency in Australia

11th Aug 2018

During the week I received a response to my enquiry to the ATO requesting a list of Approved Research Institutes (some of which are think tanks like the IPA) however, as you will see from the respo

Getting to the bottom of the IPA's right to DGR status ABC

28th Jul 2018

If people are going to challenge the activities of the IPA, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the legislation governing its activities. While I do not pretend to be an authority

Ways to support my work

23rd Jul 2018

This article explains the different ways people can support my work and their pros and cons for both donor and myself.

Correspondence: IPA on their membership of the Atlas Network

10th Jul 2018

Correspondence with the IPA which they have ignored, seeking to know when they became a member of the Atlas Network.

Correspondence: Andrew Thackrah re IPA

9th Jul 2018

Is the IPA the tail that wags the dog?

22nd May 2018

This article is also published on Medium and Independent Australia under

AusGov.info - my mid year review

17th May 2018

AusGov.info went live in January in time for LinuxConfAu where, despite being so tired I could ba

The hidden inequalities of tax concessions- all the money we do not see

14th May 2018

Every year the government releases totals of the revenue 'foregone' to the budget of tax concessions. Early in 2018 I made the first ever open interactive data project using this data. this article explains the data and what it means for the budget and inequality.

State-Fed Funding: Are the states & territories the meat in the sandwich?

7th May 2018

The state and territory governments are at the coalface of all the important social problems faced by Australian society. The states are responsible for education, health, policing, emergency ser

Correspondence: ACNC re IPA

1st May 2018

Correspondence: NSW Liberals - what IS that $7million from Westpac?

23rd Apr 2018

On April 20, I posted the donations made by major banks to the politi

What can open data tell us about Australia's major banks?

20th Apr 2018

Collectively, over the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 Australia's major banks earned over $600 billion in income but paid tax on only $1.45 billion (21% of their revenue).

Of that 21% reven

Corporate tax, inequality & bastard banks

19th Apr 2018

Corporate tax is a hot topic in Australia with major corporations lobbying hard for a cut in the tax rate even while the business practices of Australia's banks are revealed to one and all as littl

Correspondence: Institute of Public Affairs

18th Apr 2018

Correspondence with IPA which has been ignored, seeking clarification over claims the organisation would publish a list of donors in 2006 which appears not to have happened.

Show me the money: unravelling the web of Australian charities

6th Apr 2018

The wealth of the various religious denominations active in Australia is a point of interest in the wake of the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, yet the tr

Turning the tables on what we know about Australia's powerful people and institutions

29th Mar 2018

For the last four months I have been coding solidly to build the largest financial transparency project that exists in this country. This project is based on work I have done in previous years whic