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Thursday, November 12, 2009

NSW Information Commissioner

This answer by Attorney General Hatzistergos in response to a "Dorothy Dix" question in the NSW Legislative Council summarised the state of play on the establishment of the Office of Information Commissioner. "Early 2010" is still the position on a start date for the Government Information (Public Access) Act. No mention of any planned use of regulatory powers, for example to mandate additional categories of information to be published by state government agencies. These requirements (Section 18) are modest extensions of what is currently published and won't on their own deliver the promise of the new "push" model. All a marked contrast to the extensive obligations for online publication imposed on local authorities by Schedule 5 .

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