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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Psst ministers- stay away from FOI; pass it on.

Daily Telegraph Sydney 26 February:

"Ministers have been ordered to stop tampering with Freedom of Information requests after a damning investigation into the Roads and Traffic Authority. Premier Nathan Rees has sent out an official memorandum ordering ministers to keep away from FOI decisions following findings that the RTA referred requests by The Daily Telegraph to former roads minister Eric Roozendaal's office for approval. A NSW Ombudsman's report, based on evidence from 14 witnesses, revealed the RTA had a secret policy of passing on FOI decisions to the minister."

"Has sent" orders maybe, but as at the time of writing on 3 March, no sign here in the published list of any memorandum to ministers from the Premier, or a circular from his department, or even anything relevant in the Premier's news releases.

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