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Premier's Claim of Transparent Government in Tatters

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Tags: Right to Information, Transparency

Nick McKim MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

There are currently 29 appeals against Right to Information decisions awaiting decisions from the Ombudsman, with one appeal that has been with the Ombudsman for over 12 months.

The overwhelming majority of the appeals are against state government departments, which makes a mockery of Premier Will Hodgman’s claim of government transparency.

These are appalling figures, which are no fault of the Ombudsman but completely the responsibility of the government’s savage budget cuts to integrity authorities.

The Premier should step in and adequately fund the Ombudsman’s office. If he does not he should admit that government transparency is not a priority for him.