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Saturday, October 25, 2008

FOI reform movement not quite complete

I hadn't seen any sign of South Australia showing much interest in Freedom of Information reform but there is a glimmer in this strongly worded editorial in The Advertiser, deploring Australia's "miserable" 28th ranking in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom rankings mentioned here yesterday:
"Premier Mike Rann has made some positive noises regarding reform of Freedom of Information laws but he needs to transform his well-known ability to talk into his less well-known ability to take action. Other states are taking up the challenge."
The other big gap in the Australian FOI reform pantheon is Victoria where the Government seems to have packed it in after a misguided effort came a cropper in the Parliament in February.

C'mon guys, all aboard!

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