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Friday, May 02, 2008

What Gunns says goes in Tassie

"Commercial in confidence" gets a solid workout in freedom of information land, but the response by the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development and Tourism denying access to all documents requested by The Greens relating to the proposed water and effluent pipeline for Gunns’ Tamar Valley Pulp Mill, stretches the concept way beyond the limit- to cover anything that Gunns says it covers, no matter how innocuous or significant:

"There is an explicit arrangement between the agency and Gunns Limited that information will be only communicated on the understanding that it is in the strictest confidence. Gunns has requested the agency to exempt the information from release on the basis that it is commercial-in-confidence.

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