Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dodgy FOI decision by Gillard Government: Update

11 months ago, I asked for an explanation of why the Gillard government applied a decision making process to an FOI request in 2010, that was later that year made illegal. I didn't realise at the time that the legislation outlawing the behaviour was not yet in effect, but realised after sending the email to the MP Anna Burke. I already updated my original blog post indicating I realised my mistake, but never bothered to tell the MP.

Well, I just got an emailed reply, just ridiculously late.

tl;dr: No surprises. She claims that the result "might" change based on the changed definitions, or they might find another hiding place, and it would be up to someone to actually lodge a request for a review, rather than the government correcting itself proactively.

And here it is, in full: