Expand FOI logs to include rejected requests, new bill proposes

A new bill would require federal agencies to publish every freedom of information request, granted or not, as well as the reasons for rejection or editing. Labor’s former attorney-general spokesperson says it would reduce duplication as well as improve accountability.

The Australian Public Service Commission boss has rankled the Labor opposition with his comments about freedom of information laws having gone further they were intended.

In his first public speaking event since becoming commissioner, John Lloyd (pictured) took on the value of FOI laws, declaring them “very pernicious”:

“I think they have gone beyond perhaps what they intended to do and I think they do make us a bit over cautious and make some of the advice more circumspect than it should be, and I hope the government will address that and perhaps reassess the extent of some of those FOI laws.”

Senator Joe Ludwig cited and hit back at those comments today, while introducing his private members bill Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015. Ludwig said in a statement:

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