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Monday, March 09, 2009

Victorian dabble with FOI change.

According to this article in the Sunday Age some changes afoot in Victoria to remove community health centres and other organisations that rely on government funding from the Freedom of Information Act. The article is short on the source and the detail, so not sure of the fine print.The broader issue raised by Professor Spencer Zifcak is that privatisation, or contracting out, of parts of government has led to a vast array of government bodies which were previously subject to the FoI process being removed from that system. He's right although I'm not sure whether the community health services were ever a part of the government structure.They clearly exist and are funded by government for public purposes. Reviews in Queensland and NSW have suggested changes to address the problem.Sounds as if the Victorian Government is yet to recognise there is one.

Does anyone know the Victorian Government's position on broader Freedom of Information reform? It's over a year since the Legislative Council threw the baby out with the bathwater.

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