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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Australia Council protects grant recipients

The Australia Council has dug in its heels about release of details of grant recipients who have completed projects late or not at all. We commented in an earlier blog about the original determination to refuse a Freedom of Information application for documents.

This article in the Courier Mail reports the decision to refuse has been confirmed on internal review.

What's different is the earlier report quoted the Minister for Arts Senator Brandis as saying this sort of information should be in the public domain. As I said at the time, this makes sense to me. The later article says Senator Brandis "has chosen secrecy over transparency". No explanation offered here about an apparent change of heart.

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