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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

FOI: cost and delay a continuing problem

Stories of cost and delay are commonplace in Freedom of Information experience, but here is Tim Lester of Nine television network on the story so far of an attempt to access two reports on the preparedness of hospitals to cope with a national emergency ($ 3650 to make a decision says the Federal Department of Health); and The Age on a bill for almost $2000, and no "public interest " reduction to get to first base, with an application for documents from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet concerning "rendition", the US practice of forced transfer of terrorism-related prisoners between countries. The " decision-maker is not satisfied that any material released by the department would add any value to information that is already in the public domain".

They only know what we have read in the papers?

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