This unsatisfactory finding by the authority will reinforce the view, rightly or wrongly, that it is a captive of the industry it is regulating.Meanwhile, the tide continues to turn very much in favour of a law on privacy, hastened by cheap ''gotcha'' stories by the media.Recommendations of the Australian and NSW law reform commissions proposing remedies for breaches of privacy present a nightmare scenario for the media. Injunctions could be obtained for material that may not be found to be a breach of a subject's privacy, but it could take a while for the courts to arrive at that conclusion, and in the meantime the news value of the story could turn stone, cold dead.The revelations in England that the Murdoch press has indulged in widespread phone hacking will hasten the arrival of stronger privacy protections in that country and there will be an inevitable flow-on effect here.The media only has itself to blame.
The Prime Minister sealed a deal last night that she said would improve services, take an axe to red tape and deliver "unprecedented transparency" on health.The Office of the NSW Information Commissioner has published its first two decisions under the Government Information (Public Access) Act. The two anonymised decisions (not to be standard practice, thank goodness) concern similar applications made by a union to two agencies concerning executive pay that raised different issues in the way each agency dealt with the applications.
And on the "nothing happened" front not a peep out of Special Minister of State Gary Gray about the Belcher Report on parliamentarians entitlements and related transparency issues that the Government has now had for 11 months. Going for some sort of record?