The Greens aren't happy with what is on offer, as explained by Mr Rattenbury in a well researched speech that examined and drew from reforms elsewhere .
The long and the short of it is that the Greens do not believe we should simply be following the commonwealth model and that we need to do more if we are to live up to our obligation to the citizens that we represent. We recognise that there are perhaps some practical advantages for us in simply adopting the commonwealth scheme. That said, we believe those advantages are outweighed by having a scheme that better achieves the aims that freedom of information laws have always had and better ensures that government information is accessible to the public.....Attorney General Corbell batted criticisms away. Debate was adjourned until the next sittings.
It is worth making the point that, whilst the government under the leadership of the current Chief Minister have gone to considerable lengths to undertake to be open and accountable and be a leader in government openness, they have proposed what is probably the least ambitious of any of the recent reforms when it comes to freedom of information....
The government's bill is certainly an improvement on what we currently have. However,.. it is not the best scheme available to us and .. further changes can and should be made. The changes that have occurred in other jurisdictions over the last few years have been significant and it is disappointing that a government that has repeatedly said that it wants to lead the field in openness and transparency has proposed changes that are significantly behind the leaders.