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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

FOI processing-12 years outmatched by 30

The Independent Audit into the State of Free Speech in Australia, conducted last year on behalf of the coalition of media organisations, Australia's Right to Know, included a lot of stories about excessive delay in dealing with freedom of information applications. Greg Chamberlin of the Courier Mail took the prize: an application in 1993 for information from the Queensland Treasury for documents relating to Jupiter's Casino resulted in a determination in June 2005.( Report 6.10)

But how about this report from the US Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press that a court in Washington state has just ordered disclosure of documents sought in an application 30-yes 30-years ago?

Thanks to Charles Davis US FOI Advocate for the heads up.

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