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Friday, September 30, 2016

Clash of FOI titans

According to IT news former Australian Information Commissioner John McMillan (picture right) has commenced a defamation suit against the Canberra Times and columnist Jack Waterford over what he says are defamatory imputations contained in a December 2015 column. 

Waterford criticised the OAIC and McMillan as Information Commissioner and in his previous role as Commonwealth Ombudsman. 

Professor McMillan and his lawyers "contend the article incorrectly painted him as not being a true supporter of open government and freedom of information law."

My comments on the column at the time are reflected in the heading FOI veteran Waterford lets go with a few wild swings and low bows 

Both McMillan and Waterford have each made enormous contributions to the FOI cause going back many decades.

Pity it has come to this.


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