A new report reveals a continuing deterioration of Australia’s freedom of information system, which is suffering from increasing delays and refusals to release government documents.
The Centre for Public Integrity released a report this morning analysing publicly available data on the FOI system. It shows the number of FOI requests that have taken longer than the lawful 30-day time limit has increased from 11.5% in 2011-12 to 22.5% in 2021-22.
The number of FOI requests being refused has increased from 11.5% to 22.5% over the same period.
The number of FOI requests granted in full has dropped from 59.1% to 41.1% in the decade.
In a statement issued by the Centre for Public Integrity, barrister Bret Walker SC said the desire for secrecy had gone “beyond acceptable limits on the part of…