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“In light of the current number of large, complex and resource-intensive FOI requests being processed by the Government, it is appropriate for Professor McMillan’s review to consider the financial costs to the taxpayer of processing these requests.”
Some-not me of course-might see these references to cost as presage to discussion of more cost recovery.
"will consider the role of fees and charges in FOI, the impact on applicants and agencies of the current charging regime, and options for changes. Professor McMillan will also consider whether the decision to impose charges, or the level or nature of charges imposed, should vary according to the nature of the request or the applicant."
- whether the administrative cost of keeping track of time and managing a complex array of charges is justified by the return or other reasons
- the costs/ benefits of reinstating application fees and abolishing charges, following the Tasmanian lead,
- cost reduction possibilities from more pro-active disclosure.
- efficiencies in processing including through more and better the use of technology, and
- how poor/overly defensive decision making that results in high cost review applications can be improved.