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Friday, March 30, 2007

Bun fight in WA over FOI changes

Hmmm, well, it seems my scepticism, in an item posted earlier today, about the WA Government's claim concerning the benefits to flow from changing the role of the Information Commissioner in reviewing Freedom of Information determinations, is shared by.........the Acting Information Commissioner.

She is quoted today in The Australian as saying that the changes in the role of that office and the State Administrative Tribunal "would simply add a new layer of legalism that would delay FOI requests". The Attorney General suggests it's a self seeking comment by an obvious loser as a result of the changes and is critical of some aspects of the Commission's performance.

Any reader in WA who can enlighten the rest of us?

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