Victorian FOI commissioner under investigation

A “serious matter” has sparked DPC’s Chris Eccles to order an investigation into the Victorian FOI commissioner, it was revealed yesterday. The opposition has hit back, characterising it as government trying “to force out another statutory officer”.

The Victorian government has asked the Public Sector Commission to investigate the Freedom of Information commissioner over an undisclosed “serious” matter, it was revealed on Thursday.

The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, Victoria’s equivalent of Senate Estimates, heard that the PSC had been asked to report on an issue relating to the FOI commissioner, Canadian-born Lynne Bertolini.

Although Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings did not provide any information on the matter, secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet Chris Eccles (pictured) told the committee:

“There were certain matters that were brought to my attention — and it’s not appropriate to disclose the detail — which I consider to be sufficiently serious to call upon the Public Service Commission to initiate an inquiry.

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