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Monday, April 17, 2006

FOI in the news

Media reports based on FOI applications over the last week included:

Sydney Morning Herald 14 April: “Immigration Department’s image abysmal, say staff”. While no one will be surprised given developments of the last couple of years, the Herald story that staff regarded the Department as a basket case was based on the results of an employee survey undertaken in December 2005, and posted on the Department’s website on 13 April. The Herald had applied for the documents in February but had been refused on the grounds that the documents had not at that stage been collated.

The Sunday Telegraph 16 April: the NSW Department of Education is spending close to $1 million on PR staff.

ABC Online 14 April: ACT Opposition seeking access to an efficiency review of public service functions and staffing which the Chief Minister says is a confidential Cabinet document.

The Australian 15 April: “Irwin puts bite on croc hunt” says that the Federal Government has put aside plans for legalised croc hunts in the Northern Territory after intervention by Steve Irwin.

The Mercury (Hobart) 17 April: “Big drop in speed snaps” reports a major drop in the number of speed-camera infringements between July 2005 and January 2006 following a decision by the Police Commissioner to drop the requirement for speed camera operators to book 2.7 motorists an hour.

As always some items have already disappeared from the free content of some sites.

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