The path to a successful FOI request is dogged by cost and delay, as JOSEPHINE HUYNH discovered.
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.
An ACT Government directorate gives RUSSELL AYRES a Freedom of Information run around.
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.
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.
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”.
IS THE formality of FOI deterring people from obtaining government information? LAUREN HARRISS looks at how the Act works in practice.
When seeking documents about Boral’s greenhouse exemption, MATTHEW MACNEIL ran into a brick wall.
How long must we wait . . . for elective surgery and to have questions about waiting time for elective surgery answered. ELISE PIANEGONDA found out.