Tuesday, December 30, 2003

FOI in Australia is stifled by state secrecy

Only one in every five requests to government departments
for documents under the Freedom of Information Act was successful in 2002-03.

Source: News.com.au

Interestingly the Sunday Herald Sun newspaper was twice denied access to the results of state-wide literacy and numeracy tests that would have enabled parents to compare the performances of Victorian primary schools. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority argued the release was not in the public interest. This information is freely available in the UK (see DFES website)

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