The Rudd government is overhauling Freedom of Information Laws;
The Federal Government will no longer be able to keep information secret just because it fears being embarrassed or losing public confidence.
The proposed revamp delivers on Labor’s election promise to overhaul the notoriously slow and restrictive system that has often kept important documents out of the public eye.
Officials will no longer be able to withhold information by claiming it could be misunderstood or cause confusion and unnecessary debate. And Cabinet documents, mothballed for decades, will become available sooner to enable better scrutiny of past governments.
This is commendable. In order to test the new laws it would be a good idea if somebody submits an FOI application requesting a copy of Steve Conroys blacklist. 😉