Tag: FOI

Falk Lines: Information Commissioner fights for the right to hide information indefinitely, que? – Michael West

Information Commissioner Angelene Falk

Information Commission, Angelene Falk, will argue in the Federal Court that she can take forever to handle FOI complaints. Rex Patrick reports

Source: Falk Lines: Information Commissioner fights for the right to hide information indefinitely, que? – Michael West

Prime minister’s department ‘can’t find’ sports rorts document requested by Rex Patrick under FOI | Freedom of information | The Guardian

Rex Patrick

Independent senator Rex Patrick has condemned the prime minister’s department for claiming it cannot find a key letter from Christian Porter to Scott Morrison about the sports rorts affair, a position seemingly at odds with the attorney general’s office, which has fought to keep the document secret. Patrick has been fighting an almost two-year freedom of information battle with the attorney general’s office, seeking access to a letter from the then attorney general to the prime minister about the administration of the community sport infrastructure program. The attorney general’s letter is thought to provide legal advice to the prime minister on a particular aspect of the damning auditor general’s report that found the government handed out $100m in sport grants in order to favour “targeted” Coalition seats at the May 2019 election. Parliament House, Canberra Information watchdog demands change after two government departments break FoI laws within a month Read more The request was rejected on cabinet confidentiality and legal privilege grounds, something Patrick disputed and took to the watchdog, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. While he was waiting for a

Source: Prime minister’s department ‘can’t find’ sports rorts document requested by Rex Patrick under FOI | Freedom of information | The Guardian

Document behind News Corp’s ‘bombshell dossier’ on China coronavirus may be released … in 2023 | Australia news | The Guardian

The Sydney Daily Telegraph’s headline claiming it had a ‘bombshell dossier’ revealing that China covered up the origins of coronavirus

FOI Secrecy and News Corp’s Sensationalism. LNP and Scott Morrison’s “On the Water Matters Multiply” (ODT)

“The idea that the state department would say it’s going to take them three years to look at a few pages is completely extraordinary,” Behm said.
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He said it defied the purpose of FoI laws, which was to inform the public and ensure governments were transparent

Document behind News Corp’s ‘bombshell dossier’ on China coronavirus may be released … in 2023 | Australia news | The Guardian

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