Category: Freedom of Information

Australia’s commitment to open government reform

BY PETER TIMMINS

The voters aren’t happy.

While there is no single antidote for this winter of discontent, the way government governs is a contributing factor.

The government tells us that belief in democracy is a shared Australian value and … Read the rest

FOI in Australia: building on a turbulent past

JMcMillan photoBY JOHN MCMILLAN

Two FOI certainties

Australia was an international leader in enacting a national Freedom of Information Act in 1982. The national initiative was quickly followed in all States and Territories. This is a proud heritage and underpins an … Read the rest

Opening up government data for public benefit

picture-1600BY KEIRAN HARDY

Some of Malcolm Turnbull’s earliest changes in the Prime Ministership ensured that information and communications technology (ICT) would be placed at the centre of the government’s policy agenda. Mitch Fifield, the new Communications Minister, was bestowed with … Read the rest

The last word on the public interest in FOI: Australia and the United Kingdom compared

JBannisterBY JUDITH BANNISTER

Freedom of information (FOI) reform has often been slow in Australia. There was a decade (and a change of government) between Gough Whitlam’s 1972 election promise of freedom of information and the passing of the Commonwealth’s Freedom Read the rest

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