Feb 16, 2018

Why is the government withholding letters Abbott and Turnbull sent to the Queen?

Like it or not, the Queen is our head of state. The public has a right to know what our leaders are discussing with her.

William Summers

Independent researcher and blogger

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Last month the Information Commissioner (IC) ruled that 13 letters to the Queen from Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott must be released to the public within 28 days.

The ruling was the result of a long dispute over a Freedom of Information request I submitted in 2016 asking for all letters sent by the Australian Prime Minister to Her Maj since January 1, 2013.

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5 thoughts on “Why is the government withholding letters Abbott and Turnbull sent to the Queen?

  1. Laurie Patton

    Have today’s politicians forgotten they work for us? Anything written by our government to our (current) head of state should be released publicly. Otherwise we are surely entitled to wonder what questionable comments, undertakings or assurances have been made on our behalf.

    1. Marjorie Carless

      Yes they have and they only remember when an election is due. Governments today are becoming more and more secretive, more and more items are either not in the public interest or cannot be published for security reasons, so called.

  2. zut alors

    Oz Post claimed it was ‘not in the public interest’ to reveal the salary package of their former CEO, Ahmed Fahour. However, it transpired the public was extremely interested. And once the embarrassing facts were out it was evident why Oz Post didn’t want them known.

  3. AR

    The underlying principle of FoI, the default position, should be that all information is freely available unless cogent reasons otherwise can be proven.

  4. [email protected]

    For goodness sake – Australia always was and always will be a colonial branch office of the English Empire – such as it is these days. The Crown planted its corrupt westminster system of government and central banking here precisely to keep control of its asset, and will muster all of its corrupt forces to keep a lid on its dealings with its ‘elected’ branch managers. Gough was sacked in collusion with the US. He had uppity ideas of independence. How long before he removed Crown from Land? He’d already replaced Commonwealth with Australia? He had a bag of peppercorns ready to hand back tot he US for Pine Gap, and was recognising indigenous people’s right to their land stolen by the Crown. Australian government is a con job.

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