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Cost and delay mark FOI path

The path to a successful FOI request is dogged by cost and delay, as JOSEPHINE HUYNH discovered.

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Hurdles remain despite reforms

A REQUEST can be too wide, go to the wrong department or go to the wrong jurisdiction. KLOE CROKER tells of her experience with three FOI requests.

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One barrier after another

An ACT Government directorate gives RUSSELL AYRES a Freedom of Information run around.

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Costs used to deter ‘free’ information

By BENJAMIN MUTANDADZI IN 2005, former ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope said, “Freedom of Information does not mean the same as ‘free information’”, and after completing a Freedom Of Information (FOI) task for a University of Canberra Investigative Journalism class, I have to agree.

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The view from the provider side

JOURNALISTS and others see access to information as a right but often don’t stop to think about the costs of providing it, especially if requests are cast widely. ALISON DANCE relates her experience with a request to UC about the ban on bottled water.

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One word stymies request to CASA

We have had no public “complaints” about safety, was the reply ALEXANDRIA CAUGHEY got from CASA to her FOI request. But they didn’t say they they had had plenty of safety “reports”.

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FOI: open Government or formality to deter scrutiny?

IS THE formality of FOI deterring people from obtaining government information? LAUREN HARRISS looks at how the Act works in practice.

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“Freedom” not FOI open slather

When seeking documents about Boral’s greenhouse exemption, MATTHEW MACNEIL ran into a brick wall.

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Steep learning curve at ACT Health

How long must we wait . . . for elective surgery and to have questions about waiting time for elective surgery answered. ELISE PIANEGONDA found out.

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Public takes back seat at Basin body

THE public interest comes second to public servants’ need to deliberate at the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, as GRACE KEYWORTH found out.

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Getting Real About Illicit Drug Use at EDM Festivals

The electronic dance music (EDM) business, propelled by large scale music festivals, has grown to an estimated worth of $4.5 billion, […]

Q&A with Ryan Fennis, a local who made it onto the Groovin’ The Moo line-up

I sat at a table out the front of a bustling cafe in the city waiting for my latte and scrolling through […]

Six YouTube Series to Procrastinate with

It’s getting near exam time here at UC, and that means it’s also procrastination time. When I procrastinate, I go […]

This Is Us: A guaranteed binge watch

A gripping and intensely emotional TV drama has hit Australian screens. The award-winning series  “This Is Us” bounces through different […]

Colossal Film Review

Colossal, the latest work from Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo, hit the box office in early April 2017. The film centres around […]

Q & A: Will Huang, Lead Actor in Canberra Philharmonic Society’s Production of Chicago

On March 26, the curtains closed on Canberra Philharmonic Society’s production of Chicago. I sat down with lead actor, Will Huang […]

Greek Cafés and Milk Bars of Australia – A Book Review.

It is 1942 and just after midnight in the sleepy NSW town of Gundagai and brothers Jack and Vic Castrission […]