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Monday, June 16, 2008

More needed than just an information commissioner

UK Information Commissioner Richard Thomas

With the Federal Government committed to establishing (sometime) an information commissioner to provide leadership and to deal with freedom of information complaints, and Queensland considering an enhanced role for its commissioner in accordance with recommendations of the Solomon Report, this article in The Independent is a reminder from the UK that the work of the lead agency responsible for encouraging openness in government is never done. And of the need to properly resource those responsible for review of agency decisions on access. Complex cases in the UK are taking up to two years to resolve.

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