McMillan lashes FOI ‘hypocrisy’, attitude of top bureacurats

John McMillan has criticised the decision to axe, and when that failed, defund, the federal agency he once led.

He also describes the public commitment to freedom of information in politics as “rank hypocrisy” and says the Attorney-General’s Department lacks understanding of information policy.

The former Australian information commissioner left the role to become the New South Wales ombudsman earlier this year, leaving privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim to run all three commissioner roles at the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

The Guardian quotes McMillan criticising recent comments by Treasury secretary John Fraser and the Australian Public Service commissioner John Lloyd in opposition to FOI.

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