The Murdoch press had one of its vintage hissy fits this week over the plan to establish a government media regulator, and it was spot on. Let anyone who is tempted to champion the cause of another government agency be reminded of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, a bureaucracy supposedly established to enhance freedom of information. As far as we are aware, the information office is yet to even pass comment on the nation's longest-running information battle, the freedom-of-information request from Will Matthews, which celebrates its 10th anniversary without a resolution this year.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Is the longest running FOI case still running?
Michael West began his Business Day column in The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday as follows, leaving me nodding at the first sentence and scratching the head at the rest: