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Friday, December 14, 2007

Victorian AG: FOI sets new bench marks

The Victorian Attorney General tabled in Parliament on 6 December the Annual Report on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act. In a media release, the Attorney General says a record number of requests were received and access granted in 97.4% of cases. "Victoria's FOI system is functioning well" said Mr. Hulls.

My guess is that this requires closer examination. The fine print usually provides further insights, but a week after the media release, the 2006/7 report is yet to be posted on the Department's website. The Age reports one in five internal review applications result in a change in decision and in half the matters that go to the Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal, result in a variation of the original decision.

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