"Last summer, Sebastien Togneri (a top political aide to the Minister) issued a terse email to officials in the Public Works Department telling them to "unrelease" a report on the government's real-estate portfolio when he learned it was being sent uncensored to The Canadian Press. The news agency had asked for the 137-page document under the Access to Information Act, and had paid all photocopy fees. Togneri insisted that only 30 pages be released. The file contained sensitive information about the performance of the government's real estate portfolio, such as missed targets and high maintenance costs. A bureaucrat had to dash down to the Public Works mailroom to retrieve the sealed package. And for the next three months, public servants, Justice Department lawyers and consultants all agreed there was no legal basis to withhold any of the document. Despite that consensus, Togneri's view prevailed and the heavily pruned report was sent to The Canadian Press 82 days later than required by the law."
When this was revealed, according to The Canadian Press, the Minister didn't even thrash Togneri with a feather, commending him as "an employee who has exceptional parliamentary skills." Then, I expect to Togneri's delight, announcing "he won't be in charge of access-to-information files anymore." There has been plenty more in the news in Canada about this since, with claims it was an isolated incident and the Prime Minister's Office restating ministers staff should not interfere in such things.
Section 175(1) of the Queensland Right to Information Act 2009 creates an offence where a person gives a direction to a person authorised to make a decision under the Act that the person believes is not the decision that should be made. Section 175(3) creates a separate offence for giving a direction orally or in writing to an employee or officer or to an employee of a Minister involved in a matter under the Act, directing the person to act contrary to the requirements of the Act.
Section 50 of the Tasmanian Right to Information Act creates an offence where a person deliberately obstructs or unduly influences another in the exercise of the power to make decisions in accordance with the Act; and where a person deliberately fails to disclose information the subject of an application where the information is known to the person to exist.