With a new Government pledging to be the most open and transparent ever, the watchdog tasked with ensuring it complies with freedom of information laws won’t be easing up the pressure. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards called late last month for a coalition to form to fix the Official Information Act. He reports back on a positive initial response in and around Government.
In today's email, we cover look into how the new Government's early delivery on transparency has been poor, despite its promises.
In this morning's email we called on the Government to release the complete coalition agreement document.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards calls on public servants, academics and journalists to form a coalition to fix the Official Information Act.
The Official Information Act was supposed to make Government more transparent. Instead, Governments from both sides have used and abused the Act to obstruct and deflect requests for public information. Shane Cowlishaw doubts the new Labour Government will follow through on its pre-election rhetoric on the need for reform.