Topic archives: freedom of information

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

February 16, 2018 5

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.

Public servants ignoring the public interest in freedom of information

January 17, 2018 10

Bureaucratic efforts to undermine Freedom of Information laws by insisting it prevents "frank and fearless advice" hurts democracy and further estranges the governing class from he electorate.

Police fight to keep NSW gun documents secret after Adler debate

December 20, 2017 13

NSW public servants are attempting to keep a lid on documents about classification of the Adler A-110 shotgun.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

August 11, 2017

Need to work out the kinks of "Send Bill to Jail" campaign ... power play ... Abbott's jacket offensive ...

We waited a year for this lousy Border Force footage

We waited a year for this lousy Border Force footage

June 19, 2017 3

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released footage of Border Force officers testing GoPro cameras on the water.

Tudge locates, won’t release legal advice on Andie Fox case

May 29, 2017 7

Alan Tudge says he does in fact have legal advice to say he was allowed to release a Centrelink recipient's private information. And no, you cannot see it.

Tax Office tries to fight FOI by arguing it’s an OHS risk. Information Commissioner says ‘shaddup’, basically.

May 15, 2017 2

The Australian Taxation Office has been told it should process an freedom of information request hosted on transparency website Right to Know.

Curious George’s diary a terrific anti-climax

March 20, 2017 7

After more than 1000 days, Attorney-General George Brandis has finally released his diary.

Wouldn’t it be delicious if Brandis went to jail for contempt?

February 10, 2017 11

Even after George Brandis lost his appeal in the full Federal Court to keep his diary a secret, he has still refused to release it. Does that constitute a contempt charge?

How Centrelink is avoiding releasing debt system information

February 8, 2017 5

The Department of Human Services is flouting Freedom of Information guidelines in rejecting and delaying multiple requests for information on Centrelink's automatic data matching system.