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Thursday, August 03, 2006

ADT FOI decision on 'whistleblower' exemption

In this fairly straightforward decision (McGuirk v University of NSW (2006) NSWADT 223) the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal found that a submission by the University in response to an invitation from the Ombudsman in the course of an investigation of a protected disclosure within the meaning of the Protected Disclosures Act, was an exempt document under Clause 20(1)(d) of the FOI Act. The Tribunal said that the exemption – for “matter relating to a protected disclosure” - should be given its widest possible meaning.

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