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Rising FOI delays and refusals ‘leaving the public in the dark’, new report warns

Christopher Knaus

Christopher Knaus

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…

Read more at www.theguardian.com

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