The Australian today picks up the Institute of Public Affairs analysis of a report released in response to one of those hundreds of FOI applications. The analysis may or may not be accurate. It's not clear whether the report is yet listed but none of those currently on the Disclosure Log are accessible online. This statement therefore is cold comfort:
A link is provided if the information can be downloaded from this website or another website.
Information that is not available on a website may be obtained by writing to: FOI Coordinator Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency GPO Box 854 Canberra ACT 2601 Email: FOI_Contact_Officer@climatechange.gov.au
“PREVIOUSLY secret documents show the federal government was warned that the national broadband network would expose taxpayers to ”considerable financial risks”, only weeks after the ambitious high-speed internet plan was unveiled.”
Plenty of other examples come to mind when the dates on FOI documents that lead to a media splash don't rate a mention, suggesting quite a few missed that part of Journalism 101.Wow. Heady stuff, and a ripping news yarn. Many of the issues raised — especially the need to protect the NBN from market competition and the reversal of successive governments’ long-held policy on bolstering infrastructure-based competition in the telco sector — are valid concerns which I and many other commentators share. But there’s just one problem. The documents in question which are being reported in this article were handed by Treasury to the Federal Government more than two years ago — in mid-2009, months after the current NBN policy was announced....In short, gentle reader, do not be fooled. The fact that a “journalist” files a “freedom of information request” and obtains “previously secret documents”, does not make those documents newsworthy or an important injection of fresh information into the current national debate. ....