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New FOI Legislation

By johnboy - 17 November 2011 5

Simon Corbell has announced he’s brought a new Freedom Of Information Bill into the Legislative Assembly:

“The Bill before the Assembly today represents another significant milestone in the progression of this government’s ongoing commitment to open government,” Mr Corbell said.

“It amends the objects of the Freedom of Information Act to reflect these open government principles and further highlights the government’s desire to facilitate public access to information held by territory government agencies.”

The amendments progress five main areas of reform:

— there will be a requirement to publish on the internet documents provided under the FOI Act
— the objects clause of the Act will clearly state that government held information is a public resource
— the Act will clearly distinguish between exempt documents and conditionally exempt documents
— there will be a single public interest test that applies to conditionally exempt documents
— conclusive certificates issued prior to the 2009 abolition of most powers to issue such a certificate will be
revoked.

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New FOI Legislation
Lookout Smithers 11:13 pm 18 Nov 11

jcitizen said :

Lookout Smithers said :

I doubt there will ever be freedom of accurate information, what is the point if the media just muck rake up everything first?

although I agree with the first part of your blog, I dont agree with the second part.
They tend to” muck rake up everything thing” after they have been fed the selective, distorted, selfserving and often corrupted information, that some Government agencies hold on file,then release to the press(or so called public) to which they then claim to be “acurate information” and a “true version of events”. They then tend to pass this “acurate information” on from one Department or Agency to another, containing in most cases either their” freinds and inner circle” that they may meet with on a regular basis, or sometimes an “inbred relative” and then waive the “independant” flag, when it this “information ” is then used to form future “opinions”, decisions, or to take “actions”.

You only have to look at “Mr Cowbells” media rele

OH WHOOPS I spelt it wrong, had a bit of snot on the screen, sorry bout that, as you can see I am only a lowly “TRUE ” member of the public. Its actually spelt ” Corbell” I think? anyway the” media release” and you will see that its” his edited highlights” and not an acurate account of the changes that have been made so far, to the Act,” The Freedom of Information Act 1982 ( the Act)”
Although he did list some changes in it, he failed to mention anything about making ;

1. it easier for the “agencies” to simply label you, so as to not have to comply with the “Act” at all.

2. Limits on the number of times that you can make the request

3. no actuall definition as to what he and his “buddies” actually consider to be the “public”

4. not addressing the past “abuses ,improprieties” and or “grey areas” which concern several parts of the original” Act”. eg: “Legal Profesional Privilege”, “Personal Information” ,etc.

5. the many changes to the number of hoops you must jump through in order to actually use the” Act”.

Not to mention that it would appear the lack of the word “HONEST” or phrase “HONEST and OPEN” has deliberatly not been used.

WHAT A “CROCK” !

I aggree. As much as they take away context to suit them, the media are easily manipulated by other groups to suit thier adjenda. Its a wonder anyone still reads the paper. On a side note, my dad will believe anything on TV!! Its to the point where I just have fun with the old ignramous that he is.

farnarkler 7:42 pm 18 Nov 11

It’s all a load of shite. I did an FOI request for the restaurants that had been fined for various nasty food practices and I received a huge ream of photocopies with the names of the restaurants blacked out. As useful as a chocolate teapot.

jcitizen 3:59 pm 18 Nov 11

Lookout Smithers said :

I doubt there will ever be freedom of accurate information, what is the point if the media just muck rake up everything first?

although I agree with the first part of your blog, I dont agree with the second part.
They tend to” muck rake up everything thing” after they have been fed the selective, distorted, selfserving and often corrupted information, that some Government agencies hold on file,then release to the press(or so called public) to which they then claim to be “acurate information” and a “true version of events”. They then tend to pass this “acurate information” on from one Department or Agency to another, containing in most cases either their” freinds and inner circle” that they may meet with on a regular basis, or sometimes an “inbred relative” and then waive the “independant” flag, when it this “information ” is then used to form future “opinions”, decisions, or to take “actions”.

You only have to look at “Mr Cowbells” media rele OH WHOOPS I spelt it wrong, had a bit of snot on the screen, sorry bout that, as you can see I am only a lowly “TRUE ” member of the public. Its actually spelt ” Corbell” I think? anyway the” media release” and you will see that its” his edited highlights” and not an acurate account of the changes that have been made so far, to the Act,” The Freedom of Information Act 1982 ( the Act)”
Although he did list some changes in it, he failed to mention anything about making ;

1. it easier for the “agencies” to simply label you, so as to not have to comply with the “Act” at all.

2. Limits on the number of times that you can make the request

3. no actuall definition as to what he and his “buddies” actually consider to be the “public”

4. not addressing the past “abuses ,improprieties” and or “grey areas” which concern several parts of the original” Act”. eg: “Legal Profesional Privilege”, “Personal Information” ,etc.

5. the many changes to the number of hoops you must jump through in order to actually use the” Act”.

Not to mention that it would appear the lack of the word “HONEST” or phrase “HONEST and OPEN” has deliberatly not been used.

WHAT A “CROCK” !

Lookout Smithers 12:34 am 18 Nov 11

I doubt there will ever be freedom of accurate information, what is the point if the media just muck rake up everything first?

jcitizen 8:50 pm 17 Nov 11

by the looks of that it will do nothing that it should be doing and these minor “tweeks” just dont go far enough. It is and still will be known to the citizens, that could be bothered wasting their time” as
” the Freedom FROM Information Act”.

More needs to be done!

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