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Friday, October 31, 2008

Old ways in FOI decision making surface in NSW.

Yesterday we heard of the NSW Premier's intervention to require disclosure of documents that a government agency had fought for seven months to refuse access.Today a reminder of what the Premier must regard as the bad old days. News Limited papers report that the NSW Ombudsman may have found evidence of an attempt at direct political interference by a member of staff of the then Minister for Roads( now Treasurer) to force an agency determination to refuse an application under the Freedom of Information Act.More details in the Daily Telegraph.

Here are some comments from December 2007 on ministerial involvement in FOI decision making.

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