Friday, July 04, 2008
FOI grounded as parliamentarians take flight
Midwinter, and many MPs take flight for foreign climes, hopefully to broaden their horizons(or not as the case may be). Junket or no, as this editorial in the Herald Sun points out, there is a lack of accountability as a result of the fact that parliament(in all jurisdictions,not just Victoria) is not an agency for the purposes of freedom of information legislation.This has been on the list of recommended but unaddressed reforms in Canberra since the 1995 ALRC Open Government report. The issue rarely gets a mention elsewhere. Come on folks, we should expect better than this.