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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The farce is on us

Who knows how many applications to the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal for review of Freedom of Information decisions are failing because the applicant did not act within 60 days from when the agency should have, but didn't, respond to a request for internal review? Experienced hands at the Sydney Morning Herald have now suffered the same fate as the applicant in this case mentioned here a couple of weeks ago. Just how many others are withdrawing before their matter comes on for hearing, when the jurisdiction issue is raised during a planning conference; we will never know as the Tribunal does not include this sort of information in its annual report.

As for the interest within the Government in this problem for FOI users it's the usual stony silence

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