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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Victoria beefs up FOI Commissioner, Commonwealth scraps the function.

Someone's headed in the wrong direction on the transparency journey, no prize for guessing.

As Federal Attorney General Brandis rolls out legislation to abolish the Office of Australian Information Commissioner, scotching the right to free external review of freedom of information decisions among other retrograde consequences, "in order to reduce the burden on FOI applicants", Victorian Attorney General Robert Clarke announces the appointment of two Assistant Freedom of Information Commissioners to "further strengthen the work of the FOI Commissioner" in handling reviews and complaint. 

Update: Fairfax Media- Victorian Labor says it would go further, enhancing the commissioner's role and extending powers. 

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