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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

FOI in the slow lane in WA

In the fast moving state of Western Australia, some things hardly move at all-like the Government's Freedom of Information Amendment Bill, still awaiting debate in the Legislative Council 13 months after it was introduced into the Assembly by the Attorney General. Maybe they have twigged to the fact that the legislation is no great effort at reform,and could do with a major makeover .

As Keryn McKinnon comments in the West Australian, the Government has also failed for years to appoint a permanent Information Commissioner so it probably barely registers on the radar that the current incumbent has been acting in the job for four months.

All these things take time-we know.

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