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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tassie goes for Right to Information

The Tasmanian Government has released the Exposure Draft of the proposed Right to Information Bill, which sounds close to the Queensland and NSW models. Deputy Premier and Attorney General Lara Giddings calls for feedback on the Bill which proposes to replace the current Freedom of Information Act ; mandates greater proactive release of information by Government; spells out the factors to be considered when applying the overarching public interest test; creates clear timelines for processing applications, if the information is not already available; and increases the powers of the Ombudsman for external review and monitoring. The Bill can be accessed here- I haven't looked yet. Update:Rick Snell thinks significant improvement- but proof of the pudding and all that. Submissions close 1 October.

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