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Right to Information Report Confirms Hodgman Government's Culture of Secrecy


Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 2 May 2019

Tags: Right to Information, Justice, Transparency

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

The latest Right to Information Annual Report highlights what everyone who has lodged an application already knows – this system, by the Hodgman Government’s direction, is broken.

Of the applications lodged in the last year, only 28% were granted in full.

The proportion of applications refused outright increased from 14% in 2016-17 to 23% in 2017-18, and applications rejected in part increased from 38% to 41%.

A staggering 10% of applications under the Right to Information Act 2009 had no determination made at all.

The report also shows a massive 21% reduction in applications being lodged. The Liberals’ obfuscation on the release of information appears to be working, and Tasmanians have lost faith in the RTI process.

These Right to Information figures make clear the Hodgman Government’s culture of secrecy.

At every turn, the Liberals do everything they can to block the release of information.

The intent of the Right to Information Act 2009 is to maximise the amount of information released to the public. Under this government, the opposite is happening.

For the public to have faith in the Right to Information Act 2009, the Liberals must commit to a cultural shift that reflects the legislated ‘Objects of the Act’. They must also commit to properly funding RTI staff across agencies and within the Ombudsman’s office.