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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, […]

Road Trip: How To

  How do I road trip, you ask? Well first, procure a car. I suggest legally. Remember, this car will […]

The Botanic Gardens Put On A Show for Enlighten 2017

  Walking through an eerie fog filled rainforest to the haunting sounds of a choir above you sounds like an […]

Planet Earth II: TV Series Review

    David Attenborough; the man, the myth, the legend! Continuing his outstanding career as a naturalist and our favourite […]

Q&A with Daniel Moulis

Daniel Moulis, 56, runs a successful law firm called Moulis Legal, situated right across from Canberra’s airport terminal. However, pre […]

Art, Not Apart Gave Canberra a Bit of a Shake Over The Weekend

Annual Canberra arts festival, Art, Not Apart, was on a mission to shake things up last weekend, with curators’ intent […]

My Hot Air Ballooning Adventure

Let’s make it compulsory for all of the Canberra-haters to jump in a wicker basket and float 500 meters above […]