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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, […]

I am a survivor

Maryanne (Marijanna) Garad “I was not lucky. Luck implies you didn’t fight. I am a survivor.” At a time of […]

Review Hidden Figures

Based on the untold true story, Theodore Melfi’s 2016’s biographical drama Hidden Figures follows the journey of three highly intelligent […]

Steel Panther Album Review

I didn’t even have to read past the first track title of Goin’ In the Back Door (which is about […]

The Great Loritz Circus

If you were driving around Belconnen during the Easter 2017 school holidays, you may have noticed a massive tent that had […]

Akmal – Trial and Error Comedy Show

It’s Wednesday night at 8pm. A crowd of around 70 people have packed out the Canberra Theatre Centre’s “Courtyard Studio” […]

Q&A with Jeff Williamson about Canberra A-League bid

Canberra has long been awaiting a team in the A-League. It has not had a top-flight team since the Canberra […]