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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Deja vu: the more things change.......

Matthew Moore of the Sydney Morning Herald in "PM's election act offers no end to the secrecy" provides an interesting historical slant on the announcement this week that the Australian Law Reform Commission has been asked to review the FOI Act: Moore points out that the present Government's pre election policy in 1996 was to implement "appropriate and workable" recommendations from an earlier ALRC report completed in December 1995.

The Government has not responded to the report in 11 years in office.

Moore also contrasts the current ALRC terms of reference with the broad ranging terms of the earlier inquiry and the emphasis they placed on extending rights of access.

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