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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 Rami Sultan

Meet Rami Sultan. His huge smile and positive outlook are the first thing you will notice. Rami grew up in […]

Laith Mofleh, Gaza Refugee Camp Volunteer

To Australian audiences, refugee success stories are usually framed by the generous efforts of Westerners in a foreign country. They travel to the country in […]

Walking the talk: it’s not over for Beki Smith

Beki Smith doing the hard training yards along Lake Burley Griffin Source: Instagram/Beki Smith By Rochelle Riley Beki Smith was ready […]

I Heard It Through The Grape Vine

Wine making, to wine connoisseurs, has always been known as an art form. The wine making industry has evolved from […]

A Buddhist life

Development of Quang Minh Temple over the Maribyrnong River, Melbourne. Source: DieantArt By Khoi Tung Ngo I am a Buddhist […]

Loose at the Moose

  In 2013, on a rainy and dark morning in Paris, I arrived at a youth hostel. I handed over […]