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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tester for NSW Premier's commitment to end culture of secrecy

NSW Treasurer Eric Roozendaal MLC

The Daily Telegraph today reports that the NSW Ombudsman has brought to the attention of the Premier and the Independent Commission Against Corruption issues arising from an investigation into handling of a Freedom of Information application by the Roads and Traffic Authority, said to involve a former staffer of the then Minister for Roads, now Treasurer Eric Roozendaal, attempting to pressure a senior public servant to stop the release of the information which could have been potentially embarrassing for the Government.

The Telegraph, the complainant in the matter, quotes from a letter received from the Ombudsman:
"Some of the issues raised by the investigation have relevance to the entire public sector and for this reason I have proposed provisional recommendations which would require action from the Premier and the Department of Premier and Cabinet."
Should make for interesting reading.

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