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Monday, January 29, 2007

FOI pioneer recognised in Australia Day Honours

Congratulations to Jack Waterford for the award of Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours announced on Friday. Waterford, Editor and Editor in Chief of the Canberra Times since 1995, was honoured "for service to journalism, particularly as a commentator on national politics, the law, to raising debate on ethical issues and public sector accountability, and to the community in the area of indigenous affairs".

Waterford was a pioneering journalist in the 80's and 90's in using the Federal Freedom of Information Act to obtain previously unavailable information, and has continued to write and speak on FOI and government transparency issues.

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