Among memorable Moore campaigns was exposing food businesses caught breaching health laws. After two years of reports that included turning the public stomach at news of a rat plague in a Sydney sushi factory, the NSW Government decided to begin publishing details of fines imposed. One of his first FOI applications for this sort of information to the City of Sydney Council was (erroneously) knocked back on grounds disclosure would breach the privacy act.
Another long FOI battle resulted in NSW Police releasing a database of 77,000 crimes and other incidents at or near named hotels and clubs and the publication of details ranking the clubs and hotels according to the number and type of incidents of violence and the levels of intoxication of the person concerned. The Police originally refused access on grounds the Alcohol Linking Program would collapse through lack of co-operation from hotels, the information would have an unreasonable adverse effect on commercial interests, they wouldn't be able to investigate incidents or conduct secret audits of named hotels, and the game would be up for the Random Breath Testing program because motorists would twig to likely places where they would encounter a RBT unit. The Police folded on the steps of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal.
Fairfax itself is the one looking battered at the moment. There is pessimism rather than optimism regarding ongoing interest, enthusiasm and capability at the SMH, The Age and The Canberra Times in crusading use of access to information laws to hold the powerful to account.
I hope Matthew Moore isn't lost to the cause entirely. He leaves as a good friend and admired colleague with every best wish for the future.