Archives For April 2009

The CPD has just launched a new publication called Thinking Points: talking points for thinking people, providing rapid-fire responses to the debates of the day with an eye to the big picture and the decades to come.

I have a short policy piece up here.

Senator John Faulkner’s announcement of changes to Australia’s Freedom of Information (FOI) laws is long overdue, and his approach promises to address a number of concerns about FOI in Australia.

First, addressing the egregious abuse of the ‘cabinet in confidence’ provision, exemplified by the wheeling of trolleys of documents in and out of the cabinet room, is a major step forward, as is the removal of conclusive certificates. However, simply reducing the legal loopholes available for abuse by government and the public service is only part of the solution.