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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wookey walks in the west - or was that dumped?

Quite a fuss in Western Australia as the Acting Information Commissioner's Annual Report discloses that the Government will not renew her contract and plans to replace her, at least for a "transition period" with an officer from the Premier's Department.

The Acting Commissioner puts the details of what has happened over the last year or so in terms of her dealings with the Government in the foreword (Part 1 - Contents/Foreword (PDF) to the Annual Report. It sounds like a raw deal, and lack of common courtesy to boot.

The Attorney General apparently sees the decision to replace her as routine.

Here is Keryn McKinnon's take on it all in the West Australian - "disdain" for the public and a blow to effective FOI in the west.

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