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Operation Sunlight is the Government reform agenda to improve the openness and transparency of public sector budgetary and financial management and to promote good governance practices.
The original policy and reforms were detailed in Operation Sunlight enhanced budget transparency; a practical suite of measures to enhance budget transparency and were developed after extensive consultation with a range of academics, journalists, and professional analysts.
This original document has been revised to report on initiatives already implemented and to incorporate further reforms. It is now presented as Operation Sunlight Enhancing Budget Transparency [ 106 KB] .
Operation Sunlight has six key objectives:
The Murray Report [ 573 KB] was prepared by the then Senator Andrew Murray at the request of the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner MP, to review budget transparency issues as part of the Governmentâs Operation Sunlight .
Mr Murray is an expert in the field of financial transparency and parliamentary accountability and was active in numerous Senate reviews that have recommended major budgetary and financial reforms, such as the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committeeâs Transparency and Accountability of Commonwealth Public Funding and Expenditure report.
The Murray Report was presented to Minister Tanner in June 2008, prior to the end of Mr Murrayâs term in the Senate. The Murray Report and a Government response to the report were publicly released  on 9 December 2008.
Mr Tim Youngberry, Division Manager Financial Reporting and Cash Management presented on the implementation of Operation Sunlight and the policy and process implications for the financial operations of the Australian Government in March 2009.Â