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Monday, January 14, 2008

Progress on a couple of fronts

Two other "good news" tidbits.

The Victorian Government has released documents about major projects, found to be not exempt by the Court of Appeal, rather than seeking to take the matter further. The Court of Appeal decision is a valuable precedent on what constitutes a cabinet document.

The new Federal minister responsible for the Australian Research Council says that the Council will be made more transparent, and that any ministerial decision to reject a recommended grant will be publicly explained. A Freedom of Information application for documents about vetoes of then Minister for Education (now Leader of the Opposition) Brendan Nelson, has been kicking around in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for over a year. The new minister says it will be settled within a fortnight.

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