The release in response to Freedom of Information applications and the initiative taken to publish on the internet Treasury's "Red Book" brief prepared for a returned Labor Government is a commendable start on delivering more open government as promised by Prime Minister Gillard. While parts have been redacted- including everything, even the title of Attachment G- most of the briefs have been published. Economic and other policy commentators have already found much of interest, prompting The Australian's Michael Stutchbury to observe
Many Australians would have wanted to know about all this before, rather than after, they voted. Surely that would encourage a more informed election campaign than the one we've just endured.
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