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Freedom of Information

By Kerces - 7 March 2006 9

I have found myself having to draft a Freedom if Information request to the ACT government and it got me thinking about how well it works.

Vicki Dunne appears to make a habit of using FoI to find things out; some may say even more so than the Canberra Times does.

There seem to be relatively few media organisations in Australia which use FoI with any kind of frequency, possibly because of the associated costs.

What do we think about FoI? Is it the last bastion of government transparency? And what sort of questions work best in extracting information from the ACT Government?

What’s Your opinion?


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9 Responses to
Freedom of Information
Ari 10:44 am 08 Mar 06

Get Travis Bickle as FOI Commissioner then

RandomGit 9:14 am 08 Mar 06

You’re asking the pimp to remove himself from the process so the prostitute can do it easier for free.

….and you still wonder why that’s not happening?

Maelinar 8:08 am 08 Mar 06

I am well aware of the prostitution of FOI that has gone on, but my query was why do we even need to go through that process ?

If say, a computer prog was written and run at an administrator level within a departments intranet, to simply copy files after a certain date into a publicly avaliable directory – would that be so hard ?

I’d love to be able to Google up whatever it was I was looking for…

Obviously current information is a different kettle of fish, and would require some level of human interaction to obtain, and I’ve seen most of lanternlight’s link in action where I work right now. (We have a member of staff who attracts FOI requests a little like flies to shit)

johnboy 12:09 am 08 Mar 06

c’mon Mael, you have only to answer the question to know the answer.

If in doubt read lanternlight’s link. the glorious concept of freedom of information, like many of our other great institutions, has been utterly prositututed by the political classes that claim to represent us.

Maelinar 7:17 pm 07 Mar 06

What’s the deal with FOI anyway ?

Why can’t they just dump the information into a huge internet repository and allow the peoples of the nation to sift through the lot at their own discretion ?

Why does it require somebody officially asking for information, to coin a response ?

All of this information (in most departments I have worked for at least) is merely one step away from being online anyway, the move to put all of the information online would not be too hard to complete.

Jey 5:22 pm 07 Mar 06

One of the honours students is doing his thesis on this, you know Dylan, Kerces?
Should produce some interesting results

Kerces 1:25 pm 07 Mar 06

I’m well aware of the Australian and its commitment to Freedom of Information. But how many other media organisations have a dedicated FoI editor?

Blamemonkey 12:58 pm 07 Mar 06

FOI is a lot of time and effort,
Just google it
Or Maybe Google Fight

lanternlight 12:41 pm 07 Mar 06

There seem to be relatively few media organisations in Australia which use FoI with any kind of frequency, possibly because of the associated costs.

Have you forgotten that The Australian employs a FOI editor?

On FOI, this article is worth a read:
http://www.thememoryhole.org/foi/foia-tricks.htm

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