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Senate Estimates: Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee (Australian Information Commissioner)

Lee Rhiannon 2 Dec 2013

Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Senator RHIANNON: I was interested if staff numbers in any of the FOI units across government agencies have been reduced since the new government came in.

Prof. McMillan : Is that a question about the staff numbers across the Australian Public Service generally? 

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Exempt FOI from crippling funding cuts for sake of open govt: Greens

Lee Rhiannon 27 Mar 2012

The Australian Greens today called on the government to exempt the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OIAC) from budget cuts and to increase staffing levels at the OIAC to those promised when the office was launched in November 2010.

"It is difficult to shine a light when there is not enough staff to hold up a torch bright enough to make government open and accountable", said Greens Senator and democracy spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

"The finance department has exempted five tribunals from budget cuts but not the Office of the Information Commissioner.

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