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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 PhD Student Stirling Sharpe

Meet Stirling Sharpe, a third-year PhD student at the University of Canberra. After completing his Bachelor of Sports Management in […]

Q&A with Field Hockey Umpire Nathan Cornish

In sport, we often consider the pressure that players and coaches are under. But rarely do we contemplate the pressure […]

Q&A with Betty Kitchener AM

Betty Kitchener was one of the original founders of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) organisation that teaches community leaders […]

The Autumn Forage Festival 2018

If you love helping local businesses, and great-tasting food is your cup of tea, then you would have been sure […]

Q&A with Co-Creator of StickIt Body Glue

Wardrobe malfunctions… whether it’s a colleague telling you your shirt’s inside out, falling victim to a lazy zipper, or accidentally […]

Isle of Dogs – Movie Review

Stop motion films are something that everyone can enjoy, and the team at Indian Paintbrush and American Empirical Pictures have […]